Universal Flash Storage Standard Gains Support, Offers Interoperability And Faster Access

Seven companies including handset manufacturers, Flash producers and chipset manufacturers have backed a new Flash memory standard to be used in mobile phones and other small consumer electronics devices. The new standard, dubbed Universal Flash Storage (UFS), is being developed by JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) and is expected to be completed by 2009 reports PC World. The aim is to increase the speed of accessing data on the storage card — for example, a 90-minute movie that takes 3 minutes to access currently would be available in a few seconds — and make interoperability simpler so people will be able to transfer data between their devices more easily. The companies which have announced they are backing the standard are: mobile handset manufacturers Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson; Flash provider Spansion; chip developers STMicroelectronics, Micron and Texas Instruments. (release)

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