Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said Thursday (April 20) it has developed a 2Gbyte multimedia memory card, designated MultiMediaCard (MMCmicro), for mobile phones, which combines 4Gbit NAND flash devices.
Samsung claims the MMCmicro is the smallest, fastest and highest-capacity memory card for mobile phones, unveiled only three months after it launched a 1Gbyte MMCmicro.
“The 2GB high-performance MMC is a powerful indicator of Samsung’s expanding efforts to embrace the widest possible range of multimedia applications including mobile video,” said Don Barnetson, director of Flash Marketing Business, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Measuring 12 x 14 x 1.1 mm, the 2GB MMCmicro will provide the highest transmission speed of any removable memory card, transmitting data 3.5 times faster than other cards. The card can store 12 hours of mobile video files and allows a three-hour-long video clip to be downloaded in less than two minutes.
The 2GB MMC can operate at either 1.8 or 3.3 volts, making it a more viable solution for mobile phones, according to Samsung.
The MMC, in a format standardized by the MultiMediaCard association (MMCA) and being standardized by JEDEC, can be obtained by manufacturers without royalties or licensing fees, Samsung added. The company also said it is set to begin producing the 1GB and 2GB MMCmicro items later this year.