Motorola Integrates M-Systems' DiskOnChip Into Its DragonBall MX1 Microprocessor Reference Design for Mobile Applications

10/11/2002 - M-Systems, a leader in flash-based data storage products, announced that Motorola has integrated DiskOnChip® into reference designs for mobile applications based on its DragonBallTM MX1 microprocessor.

Specifically designed to address the evolving needs of the handheld computing / smartphone market, Motorola's DragonBall enables intelligent integrated peripherals, multimedia capabilities, an advanced processor core and power management capabilities to build a new class of devices that will help make mobile computing faster and much easier to use.

Available in a wide range of capacities, DiskOnChip provides a reliable, high performance storage solution to products based on Motorola's DragonBall MX1 microprocessor. DiskOnChip is designed to store the boot code, user preferences and data, software applications and the operating system.

DragonBall, like DiskOnChip, is suitable for use in various operating system (OS) environments including Linux, Symbian and Windows CE. Earlier this year, DragonBall was the first microprocessor to be certified for the new Palm OS® 5.

"DiskOnChip provides the capacity, performance and cost structure needed for applications based on our DragonBall microprocessor," said Kenny Cheung, general manager, Asia Pacific Region, Motorola's wireless and broadband systems group. "DiskOnChip helps our customers reduce component count and board space, lower power consumption, keep system costs low, and shorten time to market."

"With its low power consumption coupled with outstanding performance, DragonBall is well suited to a wide variety of mobile products," said Clarence Choi, M-Systems' country manager for China. "By offering the best write performance, ease of integration and cost structure, DiskOnChip complements the outstanding features that make DragonBall ideal for mobile and wireless products."

About the DragonBall MX1 Microprocessor
The DragonBall MX1 targets next-generation handheld computers, including those based on the industry-leading Palm OS, as well as 2.5G / 3G wirelessly connected mobile products, smartphones, advanced information appliances and Web browsers/tablets. The ARM core-based DragonBall MX series microprocessor features an optimal balance of low power, high performance, the industry's highest integration, and a rich peripheral set.

About Motorola
As the world's #1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNATM system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on wireless communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, faster and synchronized products for the person, work team, home and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $4.9 billion (USD) in 2001. Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion.

About M-Systems
M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks. M-Systems' flash disks provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products are based on its patented TrueFFS® technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom. M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKey® and Fast Flash Disk (FFDTM) product families.

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