Intel Announces NOR Flash Memory Products for Emerging Low-Cost Handset Segment
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 - Intel Corporation today introduced its first NOR flash memory products aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured to work with low-cost, single-chip baseband and RF solutions from leading chipset suppliers. Major handset vendors are expected to start introducing low-cost cell phones based on Intel flash products this quarter.
Intel is introducing these products in response to increasing market demand for low-cost phones. The cell phone industry's GSM Association estimates that only 20 percent of the world's population use cell phones, largely because of cell phone costs.
"We're expanding Intel's proven leadership in NOR flash memory for handsets to the emerging low-cost handset market segment," said Darin Billerbeck, vice president and general manager of Intel's Flash Products Group. "Our handset customers can choose from a comprehensive menu of NOR flash memory products from 32Mb density at the low end to 1Gb density for multi-media cell phones. READ MORE...