10/15/2002 - Leading flash disk innovator M-Systems announced a new technology that advances the next generation of consumer and business devices ranging from smartphones and PDAs to digital home gateways and telematics systems.
Developed in collaboration with Toshiba, M-Systems' x2 technology enables standard MLC NAND flash memory for code and local data storage. In an industry continuously seeking future-proof solutions to meet the growing demands of storage-hungry devices, x2 technology offers groundbreaking cost structure with increased capacity, enhanced performance and unmatched reliability.
"Our customers in the mobile, embedded and connected devices industries are constantly looking for ways to squeeze more data into their products, while conserving space for advanced features and functionality," said Chuck Schouw, president and CEO, M-Systems Inc. "With x2 technology, our customers can stay two steps ahead of the competition and increase profitability by delivering an extensive range of content-rich applications to consumers without driving up costs."
"The mobile market serves as an excellent model of the actual application of this breakthrough technology," said Alan Niebel, CEO, Web-Feet Research. "Take the simplistic 2G phone architecture which is currently evolving into a 2.5G and 3G computing-platform architecture; x2 technology enables this transition by allowing M-Systems to introduce a new line-up of leading storage subsystems and provides OEMs with the opportunity to design far more sophisticated and higher capacity devices without increasing their cost structure."
Working closely with Toshiba, the world's leading NAND memory manufacturer, M-Systems will offer x2 technology in multiple products, such as its Mobile DiskOnChip, DiskOnChip and DiskOnKey product lines. x2 technology will allow M-Systems' products to offer quadruple the equivalent NOR capacity, or double the equivalent binary NAND capacity, support more intense data storage applications, such as video or MP3 downloads, and reliably secure vital information such as operating system (OS) code or registry files.
M-Systems' x2 technology is a catalyst for the development of high-density, high-performance flash media as a widespread local storage solution. x2 technology is designed to optimize MLC flash storage media. It offers unrivaled advantages such as a 40-50 percent reduction in the silicon size, breakthrough cost, unmatched reliability and peak performance. The unique technologies incorporated into x2 are designed to offer:
Through utilization of these key technology advancements, x2 technology will enable M-Systems to provide highly reliable MLC NAND-based products that achieve fast read/write speeds at about twice the performance levels of standard MLC NAND.
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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