Sunnyvale, Calif. - Memory card specialist SanDisk Corp. used the Comdex show to launch a TriFlash family of embedded flash-memory devices for non-PC-based applications such as cell phones and Internet music players.
The parts will initially be available in 128-, 256- and 512-Mbit capacities, which translates into 16, 32 and 64 Mbytes of storage. They are packaged in a thin, fine-pitch ball grid array that measures 17 x 12 mm x 1.2 mm thick.
The embedded flash devices sport a three-pin (SPI or MMC) serial interface and, according to Nelson Chan, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, they can accommodate all existing and future generations of flash memory in the current TriFlash footprint. A built-in controller is said to handle all flash memory management transparently.
Samples are expected by or before January and production quantities should follow sometime in the first half. In 1,000-piece quantities, a 16-Mbyte version is $35, the 32-Mbyte version is $60 and the 64-Mbyte TriFlash is $110.
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