Samsung Electronics Develops Fastest GigaByte Micro Memory Card

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Seoul, Korea – February 9, 2006 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has developed the fastest micro memory card with a gigabyte of density, for use in small cell phones, digital cameras and MP3 players. High demand for the high-speed 1 GB MMCmicroTM card is expected from cell phone manufacturers because of its compelling combination of features: speed, capacity, size and reduced power consumption.


The new 1 GB MMCmicro, at 7.12 MBs per second, writes 3.5 times as fast as other micro cards being sold today. It can store 20 five-megapixel pictures in 11 seconds, while other cards take up to 30 seconds, or even longer, to do the same.

„The card has a storage capacity of 15 hours mobile video and allows a download speed of 90 minutes video content in less than two minutes. This opens new perspectives for the distribution of exciting multimedia contents in the mobile world“, said Gerd Schauss, Director, Memory Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Europe.

Samsung’s new MMCmicro comes with a dual voltage of 1.8 volts and 3.3V. The lower voltage version reduces power consumption 82 percent over other micro-sized cards. An adapter allows the card to be plugged into any multimedia card slot.

The card – the size of a fingernail (12mmx14mmx1.1mm) – houses four NAND flash memories and a controller.

The Dataquest semiconductor research firm said that the global MMCmicro market will expand by 81 percent cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2005 and 2010, from 4 million units last year to 77 million units in 2010, while the overall MultiMediaCard market grows by about 9 percent CAGR from 65 to 100 million units.

The 1 GB MMCmicro will be commercially available in the third quarter of 2006.