Given that Samsung is one of the most progressive companies currently in IT and flash memory is one of the most progressive technologies out there, guess what happened?
Yes, we've another major step forward for mobile devices: the shipping of 8GB (gigabyte, not gigabit) memory chips to major manufacturers.
Samsung's latest high density 'moviNANDTM' memory solution consists of four 50-nanometer, 16Gigabit NAND flash memories, a high-speed MultiMediaCard (MMC) controller and associated firmware. This is enough to store up to 2,000 songs or enough map data to implement GPS and points of interest for the entire western world! In addition, it can also be used with removable media cards to permit virtually unlimited memory expansion.
Also, intriguingly, the company states: "Because Samsung's moviNAND allows NAND flash to be instantly accessed through a standardized MMC interface, manufacturers who use the new memory solution can develop mobile phones more quickly and at less cost than with raw MLC NAND components soldered into a handset." So get ready for some major jumps in handset memory, greater expandability and reduced prices.
If this wasn't enough the new modules also double the capacity and double the performance of the previous 4GB version with the ability to process data at a cracking 52MBps. It is also 10 to 20 per cent smaller than other flash-based embedded memory card solutions – so mobiles will get even thinner and lighter too.
Expect the first space age handsets based on this stuff to appear sometime in Q2. So if your contact is coming up for renewal WAIT!