Intel rolls out new StrataFlash for cell phones, PDAs

Intel on Wednesday unveiled a new flash memory chip for cell phones, handhelds and other wireless devices. The company claims the new StrataFlash memory chip is four times faster than existing flash memory.

The 0.18-micron Synchronous Intel StrataFlash memory chips, available in 3-volt or 1.8-volt versions, use a technology that allows software applications to execute code directly from flash, instead of downloading it to RAM first, Intel said in a statement. That will save device makers the cost of redundant memory and circuit board space, Intel said.

"This allows you to store more information on a smaller die, and consume less power, which is very important to things like cell phones," said Richard Doherty, director of research at The Envisioneering Group, a Seaford, New York-based analyst group.

Synchronous Intel StrataFlash also increases fast-read speeds by adding a 66MHz burst mode. This increases memory transfer speeds to 92M bytes per second, which is about four times faster than asynchronous reads on standard flash memory products, Intel said.

Speed is increasingly more important with flash, Doherty said.

"It's key as people are trying to use multimedia," he said, giving as an example a digital camera and the amount of time it takes after shooting a photo before the camera can take another photo, which is a consequence of flash speed. "This will help Intel with the cell phone, audio and still-picture markets," he said.

The memory can be used in conjunction with Intel's flash memory software to further improve performance, Intel said. Intel's Persistent Storage Manager combines code, file, and data storage on a single flash chip for devices running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE operating system, while Flash Data Integrator provides similar storage for cell phones, Intel said.

Flash memory is a great bargain now, with prices having fallen by as much as half since March or April, Doherty said.

The 3-volt Synchronous Intel StrataFlash memory will be available in densities from 64M bit to 256M bit, Intel said. The 128M-bit version is currently sampling, with production for all versions expected in April. Prices will range from US$10 for the 64M-bit chips to $35 for the 256M-bit version in quantities of 10,000, a standard measurement for chip sales.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Douglas F. Gray

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?