M-Systems Packs 32MB DiskOnChip P3 in Smallest Flash Disk Package

6/7/2004 - M-Systems (NASDAQ: FLSH) is meeting the demand for increased memory performance for mobile and embedded products with DiskOnChip P3, the world's smallest 32-megabyte (MB) flash disk.

DiskOnChip P3 builds upon the Company's innovative x2 technology, incorporated into products utilized by five of the top six handset manufacturers and two of the top three makers of personal data assistants (PDAs).

"M-Systems' x2 technology was developed to enable the practical use of state-of-the-art NAND flash silicon and endow it with high levels of reliability, performance and power-saving features. With x2 technology, DiskOnChip P3 offers extremely high performance for on-board multimedia storage," said David Tolub, vice president and co-manager of M-Systems' DiskOnChip business unit.

Performance: DiskOnChip P3 delivers industry-leading performance with a burst mode read speed of 80MB per second (5MB per second sustained) and write speed of 2.5MB per second. "The high rates of performance available with DiskOnChip P3 contribute to an ultimate user experience within high-end devices offering the most advanced multimedia capabilities," said Tolub.

Proven Reliability: The integrity of stored data is protected with reliability enhancement features including a newly developed bad-block handling mechanism, 5-bit error-detection code (EDC) and 4-bit error-correction code (ECC). Combined within DiskOnChip P3, these features contribute to industry-leading rates of reliability that help to extend product life and prevent crashes, loss of data and other malfunctions. Each chip is further protected with a unique ID, a one-time programming (OTP) area, hardware protection and a sticky lock.

Power-savings: The active current of DiskOnChip P3 is only 10mA. Additionally, to enable increased battery life for handheld and other devices, DiskOnChip P3 offers a deep power-down mode for low, 10A power consumption. In addition to a 7x10x1.2mm FBGA package, DiskOnChip P3 is available in a standard 12x20 mm TSOP-I package. Based on Toshiba's 0.13-micron process NAND flash silicon, both versions of DiskOnChip P3 have a 16-bit interface and an internal 32-bit bus (with parallel multi-plane access) and offer a clear upgrade path to M-Systems' 64MB DiskOnChip product line.

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 (FFD(tm)) product families. For more information, please contact M-Systems at: www.m-sys.com

About Mobile DiskOnChip from M-Systems
Mobile DiskOnChip offers a range of high-capacity, easy-to-integrate non-volatile memory (NVM) solutions, optimised for the needs of feature-rich, data-centric mobile handsets and PDAs. It is based on NAND flash technology and an ultra-thin controller, delivering reliability and performance unmatched by any other flash solution. Mobile DiskOnChip provides up to 1 Gigabit, packed in a small 9x12mm or 7x10mm FBGA package. A NOR-like interface and robust TrueFFS-based software enable fast and easy hardware and software integration. In addition, a built-in XIP boot block enables it to completely replace NOR Flash, to further reduce total memory cost.

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