New universal flash card format as early as 2009?

    Several flash memory card manufacturers (Micron Technology, Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Spansion, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments) have announced work to create an industry specification for removable memory cards and internal memory. The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (JEDEC), which is developing open standards for the semiconductor industry, will be responsible for standardizing the new specification, called Universal Flash Storage (UFS).

    The idea of ​​manufacturing companies is understandable and should be welcomed by all (consumers in the first place). It’s time already! Since a universal solution will be much more convenient than using several incompatible formats at once. In addition, the new format itself will reportedly provide a revolutionary impetus to reduce access times, increase the transfer speed of large files, and reduce the power consumption of consumer electronics devices. As an example: at the moment, it takes three minutes to transmit a 90-minute high-resolution video recording (4 GB); the new standard will reduce this time to a few seconds.

    According to representatives of companies and organizations involved in the development and standardization process, the final version of the UFS standard should be published in 2009. So the appearance of universal flash drives can be expected in two to three years.

    via IXBT

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