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AMD flexes its 128 MB flash memory muscles

Flash memory power has taken a step forward this week, with the release of AMD’s 32x, high density, 128MB NOR flash memory device.

Flash memory power took another step forward this week, with the release of the AMD’s first 32x, high density 128MB NOR flash memory device. The device, available at $25 per unit, with a minimum order of 10,000 units, allows access times of 25 nanoseconds.

Flash memory, a type of read-only memory that saves data when power is cut, and is commonly used in handheld devices and car dashboard navigation systems, has been getting smaller and smaller. Intel recently said it would produce flash memory made with the 0.13-micron manufacturing process, which means that the average features measure 130 nanometers in length.

“Automotive manufacturers committed to providing consumers with safer, smarter and ‘connected’ driving experience are incorporating GPS navigation, interactive voice response systems, and other advanced telematics into dashboard applications,” said Kevin Plouse, vice president of technical marketing and business development for AMD’s memory group. “The high storage capacity, the wide x32 data bus and the high performance of the Am29PDL128 make it ideal for leading automotive dashboard applications.”

The combination of high throughput, high density and low power consumption is also expected to mean that benefits will be seen for devices such as advanced cellular phones.

“Designers of high-end handheld devices are using advanced communication protocols such as GPRS to offer features such as short messaging in their systems,” continued Plouse. “The AM29PDL128 enables advanced portable devices by offering a hardware simultaneous read/write, low power flash memory solution.”

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