Samsung Electronics Licenses OneNAND to STMicroelectronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced that STMicroelectronics, one of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, has licensed Samsung’s most advanced flash memory, OneNAND, to help meet rising demand in various applications including the mobile marketplace. As a result of STMicroelectronics’ licensing move, handset and other platform designers can more easily specify OneNAND in an expanding range of mobile applications. OneNAND’s advanced architecture features NAND core with SRAM and logic elements to emulate a NOR Flash interface. OneNAND provides a sustained data ‘read’ speed of 108 MByte/s, which is four times faster than conventional NAND Flash memory, and a ‘write’ speed of 10 MByte/s, which is more than 46 times faster than multi-level-cell NOR Flash memory. The fast read and write speeds can provide significant performance enhancements in boot-time and application launch-time in mobile handsets and NV-Cache (Non-Volatile Cache) for PC applications. According to the agreement, STMicroelectronics will support Samsung’s OneNAND starting early 2007.

STMicroelectronics was created in 1987 by the merger of SGS Microelettronica of Italy and Thomson Semiconducteurs of France with the aim of becoming a world leader in the sub-micron era. Since its formation, ST has grown faster than the semiconductor industry as a whole and it has been one of the world’s Top Ten semiconductor suppliers since 1999. Today STMicroelectronics is a world leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications.