| Toshiba and Samsung Electronics to Cooperate on SSFDC Development and Standardization
5 June, 1996
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has entered into a technology licensing agreement with Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., under which Samsung will manufacture and market Solid-State Floppy-Disk Cards (SSFDC) that are completely compatible with Toshiba's products in key technical specifications, such as card size and pin-configuration. Samsung's support for SSFDC is expected to provide a strong impetus for the spread of this innovative small memory card.
SSFDC combines small size with simple structure: It consists of a NAND flash memory chip embedded in a thin plastic card, only one third the size of a standard credit card. This simple design offers the most cost-efficient memory card available. The agreement will assure stable supply of the cards, which are highly suited to application in mobile multimedia products, including digital still cameras and personal digital assistants (PDA).
In April, Toshiba Corporation and 4 other companies, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., Sega Enterprises, Ltd., Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. jointly established the SSFDC Forum to promote SSFDC as an industry standard for a super-small data storage medium. 40 companies have already announced their membership of the SSFDC Forum.
Toshiba and Samsung already have a cooperative relationship for the manufacture of NAND flash memory chips, under a 1992 agreement. This was supplemented by a 1995 agreement to cover joint development of 64-megabit NAND chips. The latest agreement for SSFDC technology transfer allows the two companies to further expand their partnership in NAND applications.
Toshiba is now mass-producing 2MB SSFDC, and is working on 1MB, 4MB and 8MB versions to meet users' varied needs. Future versions of the device will also beyond 8MB.
Outline of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Features of SSFDC
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