Infineon and Hitachi develop 32Mbyte flash card technology

Infineon and Hitachi develop 32Mbyte flash card technology
Richard Wilson
Infineon Technologies and Hitachi have teamed up for the development of small solid state storage devices based on flash memory.
The companies say they will promote their MultiMediaCard as an industry standard. The co-operation comprises joint product specification and production of flash MultiMediaCard products.
They have developed a 16MByte flash card by combining Infineon’s MultiMediaCard interface with Hitachi’s AND type flash memory, which is suitable for high density storage.
Packaging technology enables stacking of two 16 MByte flash dies in a single card. These 32 MByte flash cards will be available in the third quarter of 1999 with 64MByte and 128MByte flash cards following in 2000 and 2001 respectively.
The companies have also agreed to continue their second source relationship for the next generation of flash MultiMediaCards with respect to product specification as well as production.
According to Infineon, by the year 2005 the world-wide market for MultiMediaCard products could exceed $2bn.

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