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August 28, 2007

Samsung Unveils New Flash Software for Advanced Multimedia-Intensive Mobile Apps

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Samsung (News - Alert) has announced the development of NAND flash software specially created for high performance multimedia applications.

The new release has the capability to greatly simplify multimedia system platform design. This is achieved by enabling Samsung’s 16 Gigabit (Gb) NAND flash to be easily adapted to mobile applications with large storage needs, such as portable media players (PMP) and video MP3 players.

NAND flash software, with accompanying transactional file system can supports all of the system performance requirements of Samsung’s 16Gb NAND. Samsung’s 16Gb NAND flash has reportedly been in mass production since April 2007. The software programs data in 4KB pages of dual planes, twice as fast as previous generations. Additionally, Samsung’s new software optimizes the fast data transfer speeds of 16Gb NAND as well as protect against sudden power failures.

“The new 16Gb flash software supports increasingly popular Linux systems and enables chipset designers to reap the full storage and performance advantages of Samsung’s 16Gb NAND,” said Youngjoon Choi, vice president, NAND flash product planning, memory division, Semiconductor Business, Samsung Electronics in a statement.

Choi said that there will be considerable demand for Samsung’s 16Gb NAND which can offer up to 16 Gigabytes (GBs) of storage in a single consumer electronics (CE) device, enough to hold up to 20 DVD movies.

The company points out that the new flash software will be used immediately with a new chipset from Actions Semiconductors – the ATJ213X – a highly-integrated 32-bit RISC, and 24-bit DSP-based system on a chip.

Samsung’s NAND flash software will be available to consumer electronics system designers as part of Actions’ support software package for its new chipset. Actions’ chipset will be available later this month.

Nan-Horng Yeh, chief executive officer, Actions Semiconductor said that their company is pleased that Actions has won the time-to-market race to best serve the marketplace through its rapid and extensive support of Samsung’s 50 nanometer 16Gb NAND flash.

Samsung believes the new 16Gb NAND support software demonstrates how the company is bolstering its ability to develop advanced software to further boost NAND performance.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies.

Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., one of China's major fabless semiconductor companies, provides comprehensive mixed-signal, SoC solutions for portable consumer electronics.


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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