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LinuxDevices: Opening the Door for the Latest NAND Flash in Open Source Mobile Platforms

Sep 29, 2006, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Used mainly for code storage, NOR flash was once the prevailing non-volatile memory (NVM) technology in mobile handsets. But growing demand for multimedia applications including music download, cameras, gaming, and video has boosted demand for high-capacity, high-performance data storage that NOR cannot provide. More and more, NAND flash is replacing NOR flash as the most practical NVM solution for handsets. Over the last few years, NAND has become more compact and cost-effective at increasingly higher densities. Considering that storage is among the top three cost centers in a handset's bill of materials (BOM), cost-effectiveness is critical..."

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