World's Smallest 1 Gig Flash for Mobile Devices Developed by M-Systems

7/7/2003 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash-based data storage products, introduced the 1-gigabit (Gb) Mobile DiskOnChip G3, its second Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND-based product, storing two bits of information in a single cell.

Complimenting the 512-megabit (Mb) Mobile DiskOnChip G3 announced earlier this year, the new 1 Gb (128 megabyte) model, at only 9x12x1.2mm, takes the lead as the world's smallest high-capacity NAND-based storage solution. Like the 512Mb model, the 1Gb Mobile DiskOnChip G3 implements M-Systems' x2 technology, optimizing reliability, performance and power consumption.

"Even while smaller capacities of DiskOnChip are being designed into mobile devices running memory-intensive applications like video on demand (VoD), we already see a growing demand for next generation memory capacities," said Dan Inbar, M-Systems' associate vice president for the mobile market. "This increase in capacity must fit within smaller devices and offer higher performance. Our new product delivers exactly that, along with the high reliability and competitive pricing that our customers expect."

Mobile handsets and PDAs, especially those with large color screens, speakers and cameras, are sensitive to power consumption, which is a growing issue within the mobile device industry. M-Systems' Mobile DiskOnChip delivers power consumption as low as 10mA in active mode and 10uA in deep power down mode. Because of M-Systems' proprietary x2 technology, it consumes even less power than the NAND media it is based upon, helping to increase time between recharges. x2 technology, announced in October of 2002, was developed in collaboration with Toshiba. It is designed to optimize standard MLC NAND flash memory for code and local data storage.

"With the expected growth of the high-end and multimedia phone segments we anticipate an increasing need for storage," said Richard Gordon, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's semiconductor research group. "Applications such as video on demand, multimedia messaging and other advance features are driving manufactures to incorporate larger capacities of high-performance flash memory within their designs."

The new product will be sampling in October 2003 and go into mass production in December 2003. Like other DiskOnChip flash disk products it will be marketed jointly by M-Systems and Toshiba.

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. For more information, please contact M-Systems at

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