SanDisk Offers iNAND Extreme Embedded Storage for Tablets and Mobile Devices

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The iNAND EFD is available in storage capacities ranging from 2GB to 64GB for integration into handsets.

SanDisk, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, introduced the iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive (EFD), SanDisk’s first in a new line of products designed for high-end tablets running advanced operating systems and data-intensive applications.

The drive features up to 50 megabyte per second (MB/sec) sequential write and up to 80MB/sec sequential read speeds. The iNAND EFD is available in storage capacities ranging from 2GB to 64GB for integration into handsets and other designs that require an e.MMC interface. The drive features up to 30MB/sec read and up to 13MB/sec write speeds and can serve as a boot device and mass storage solution. The iNAND Ultra EFD offers up to 40MB/sec read and 20MB/sec write speeds that increase the system responsiveness of feature-rich smartphones that need fast, high-capacity storage in a small form factor.

"The embedded application market is experiencing significant growth through the increasing popularity and variety of mobile computing platforms," said Jeff Janukowicz, research manager of solid-state storage technology for IT research firm IDC. "Companies with broad embedded product lineups and value-added services have an increasing capability to meet the diverse needs within the mobile market."

All iNAND EFDs utilize an advanced caching technology that increases system responsiveness for faster application loading, Web browsing and multitasking. SanDisk works closely with all major mobile OEMs, and chipset and operating system vendors to ensure tight integration between host and storage devices.

"iNAND Extreme broadens our embedded product line to cover the needs of all mobile market segments, from feature phones to high-end tablets," said Amir Lehr, vice president of embedded business for SanDisk. "We offer OEMs high-quality products as well as the experience and technical know-how needed to optimize our solutions for specific applications and usage scenarios."

Lehr said high-performance embedded flash storage can significantly improve a tablet’s multimedia synchronization speeds, file-transfer rates and operating system responsiveness, and noted fast sequential performance is essential when capturing HD2 and 3D2 video content or when transferring large files via the high-speed USB 3.0 interface. By selecting the iNAND Extreme EFD for their next-generation tablet designs, OEMs can improve the key performance criteria that produce an enjoyable user experience, a company release stated.