High-Performance, TrustedFlash-Enabled Security, Tiny Size and
Industry-Standard Interfaces Offer Fast, Easy Integration
"Embedded flash has quickly become a strong alternative to micro hard drives in consumer electronics products due to its decreasing cost-per-megabyte (MB) and increasing capacity points," said Jeff Ellerbruch, director of consumer OEM marketing at SanDisk. "In addition, solid-state flash memory has many other advantages over rotating mechanical hard drives that include high performance, much lower power consumption, increased durability (no track skipping) and significantly smaller size and weight. SanDisk iNAND also offers increased design flexibility since it is designed to work seamlessly in conjunction with a removable card slot. iNAND also incorporates for the first time SanDisk's new TrustedFlash ™ technology, assuring the same level of content security for embedded stored data that is available on TrustedFlash cards."
Advanced Applications Require New Storage Solutions
Along with the addition of storage-intensive features, the increased miniaturization of many host devices such as GPS devices, MP3 players and personal media players, make them ideal applications for embedded iNAND storage versus alternatives like micro hard drives.
Benefits From Integrating A Complete Storage Subsystem
The iNAND controller also handles defect management and Error Correction Code (ECC) functions. For maximum design flexibility, iNAND has a consistent pinout/footprint across all capacity points. This optimizes manufacturing flexibility and allows for easy upgradeability since capacity options for the host device can be decided at the last stage of manufacturing and different product versions can be easily spun off from a basic design. In addition, no software architecture changes are needed to expand iNAND capacity and future flash technologies do not require firmware or software changes on the host system.
iNAND Leverages SanDisk's Latest 8-gigabit NAND/MLC Chip To Provide a Competitive Advantage
Wes Brewer , vice president of product marketing, said, " Integrating SanDisk iNAND provides the fastest time to market for OEMs who wish to benefit from the advantages of low cost, high-density NAND/MLC and its highly attractive performance specifications . The added value of being able to specify iNAND with our new TrustedFlash content protection technology essentially eliminates the need for handset companies to certify their designs to be tamper-resistant as well as the liability that usually comes from designing-in that capability."
Fast Performance In a Small Package
To achieve this level of fast performance and conserve space, SanDisk achieves a 4GB device by stacking four 8-Gb NAND/MLC flash memory chips and an integrated controller chip all in a single TFBGA (thin, fine-pitched ball grid array) package which measures 12 x 18 millimeters x 1.4 (mm) in size, or roughly 4 % of the volume occupied by a micro hard drive.
Standard Interface Speeds Integration
iNAND does not require flash host driver software, which eliminates backward/forward compatibility issues. As a solid state resident flash drive, iNAND co-exists with minimal use of NOR flash for boot block and XIP functionality.
Pricing and Availability
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products using its patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.
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