Intel pumps up density of handset memory

Intel pumps up density of handset memory

Mobile phone designers will be able to pack more memory into their handsets using Intel's new StrataFlash Wireless Memory System, Intel announced yesterday at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei.

Up to a 1GB combination of Intel's flash memory and RAM can now fit into a package that measures eight millimetres by 11 millimetres, Intel said in a release. The company doubled the amount of information that can be stored in each memory cell, and developed a system to combine different types of memory for executing code, storing data or running applications, said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Wireless Communications and Computing Group, during a keynote address in Taipei.

As users expect their mobile phones to do more tasks beyond making calls, such as browsing the Internet or downloading movies, increasing amounts of memory are required to process those tasks. But heavy and bulky mobile phones don't sell well in many parts of the world, requiring flash memory companies like Intel to find new ways to cram more memory into the same space.

Intel is shipping samples to its customers and expects to start producing the packages in volume by February, it said in the release.

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