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Numonyx, Samsung create PCM specs

Posted: 26 Jun 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:phase-change memory  Samsung Numonyx partnership  NAND 

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and Numonyx BV have partnered on market specifications for phase change memory (PCM) products.

The companies are developing "pin for pin" hardware and software compatibility—for mobile, embedded and other potential computing applications supporting the JEDEC LPDDR2 Low Power Memory Device Standard. PCM produces very fast read and write speeds at lower power than conventional NOR and NAND flash memory, and allows for bit alterability normally seen in RAM. This effort will simplify design and shorten development time for PCM, enabling manufacturers to quickly transition to high-performance, low-power PCM products from both companies.

PCM will also be "executable," allowing a separation of code and data for reliable code storage—particularly useful in handsets with higher data content. PCM devices will have faster programming ability than other types of memory as its RAM-like features will enable programming changes to be made bit by bit, instead of having to erase entire blocks of information.

SeiJin Kim, VP for mobile memory technology planning and enabling at Samsung expects that the joint effort "will enable a more secure path for introducing PCM into the mobile environment." Samsung anticipates that PCM will become a major addition to their family of memory products that will compliment their other mobile memory solutions and, according to Kim, will "ultimately increase our leadership in the industry."

"This is a significant milestone for both the development of PCM and for the overall memory market," said Brian Harrison, president and CEO of Numonyx.

"The collaboration between two memory industry leaders Numonyx and Samsung is helping to provide the kind of direction and clarity that is often needed when new technologies are introduced," said Brian Harrison, president and CEO of Numonyx. He added that the common specifications "will benefit handset OEMs, manufacturers of embedded systems and high-end computing devices, and their customers."

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