4/25/2003 - Symbian, developer of Symbian OSTM, the global industry standard operating system for advanced mobile phones, and M-Systems, (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash-based data storage products, announced that M-Systems' TrueFFS flash management software will be provided for Symbian OS. Through the new Symbian Companion Technology Program, M-Systems will offer developers easy access and robust support for M-Systems' NAND-based Mobile DiskOnChip® product line to Symbian OS licensees. Symbian OS licensees account for over 80 per cent of the global mobile handset sales in 2002.
The Symbian Companion Technology Program is designed to stimulate and promote innovation by offering Symbian OS licensees, who include Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson, a choice of a wide range of pre-integrated and pre-validated technologies to reduce handset time-to-market and commercial risk.
Mobile DiskOnChip provides high-capacity, high-performance local storage enabling revenue-generating applications such as MMS, EMS, still pictures/video services, online gaming and enhanced PIM. M-Systems TrueFFS offers Mobile DiskOnChip out-of-the-box support for Symbian licensees through the Symbian Companion Technology Program.
Dan Inbar, associate vice president responsible for M-Systems' mobile product marketing, said, "The inclusion of Mobile DiskOnChip support in the delivery to Symbian OS licensees will help Symbian developers to implement the most optimised memory system solution for their products. Through the Companion Technology Program, we look forward to working even more closely with Symbian to help create more innovative solutions and ways to help drive even greater demand for Symbian OS phones."
"The Companion Technology Program provides our licensees with fast and low risk access to our partners' latest added-value technologies," said Ian Weston, VP, Developer Partnerships of Symbian. "M-Systems' TrueFFS will enable our licensees to easily integrate DiskOnChip within their designs."
About the Symbian Companion Technology Program
The Symbian Companion Technology Program provides a route to market for technology vendors, ensuring that the technology is optimised for Symbian OS prior to the delivery to Symbian licensees. Licensees benefit from a reduced time-to-market, receiving delivery of the technology alongside Symbian OS in a pre-validated and integrated form. Partners gain a single point of entry to all Symbian licensees reducing marketing and distribution costs and ensuring early visibility of their technology as phone specifications are being defined.
M-Systems' TrueFFS technology first became an industry standard when it was selected to be the standard software support for PCMCIA memory card (PC Cards), back in 1993. NAND flash support was integrated into TrueFFS in 1996, and since then it has been used in thousands of applications and millions of products, including high end aerospace and military applications and high volume consumer applications, including some of today's leading Smartphones.
TrueFFS' main benefits include robust flash management for prolonging flash media life span and high reliability under all conditions, including in cases of frequent power loss. It provides Easy Integration and customization for all hardware types and file systems.
About Mobile DiskOnChip
Mobile DiskOnChip, manufactured within a minimal 9x12mm ball grid array (BGA) package, features built-in content read/write protection, EDC/ECC mechanisms, and algorithms to insure maximum data integrity, far beyond any standard NOR or NAND-based flash alternative. With a built-in eXecute In Place (XIP) boot block, Mobile DiskOnChip can be used as the only non-volatile memory (NVM) on board. This helps to conserve board space, reduce power consumption and shorten the bill of material (BOM), thereby lowering cost.
Mobile DiskOnChip also offers product designers ease of integration. It offers a standard SRAM-like interface that can be easily connected to the memory bus and software is integrated using the ready-made TrueFFS driver, pre-customized for SymbianOS. Mobile DiskOnChip's ease of integration helps product designers to save valuable time to market.
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. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-sys.com.
Symbian is a software licensing company which develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian has licensed Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Samsung SGH-D700, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 Smartphone, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7650, 3650 and N-Gage.
Symbian has its global headquarters in London, United Kingdom with development sites in Europe and Asia. Symbian's shareholders are Ericsson, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Psion, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. For more information, please see www.symbian.com.
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