Samsung intros new multimedia cards

The MMC line supports high storage capacity and rapid transmission of still photos and moving pictures, which are now essential features of top-end 2.5G and 3G mobile phones. The 128MB card stores2,500 still photographs, 32 MP3 music files or 20 video minutes.

“Samsung’s strength in flash memory technology has enabled the company to offer a full range of MMC products in a variety of densities that meet the industry’s needs today,” said Tom Quinn, vice president of U.S. memory sales and marketing. “Major mobile phone manufacturers can design more compact phones with memory card slots rather than building in memory chips.”

The MMC line is available in densities of 16Megabyte(MB), 32MB, 64MB and 128MB in both regular and reduced size versions. 256MB and 512MB will be introduced in third quarter this year. The coin-sized reduced size-multimedia card (RS-MMC) has a form factor of 2.4cm by 1.8cm, approximately half the size of a standard MMC and the smallest card form factor among all memory cards. The use of an extender makes the RS-MMC backward compatible with existing digital camera and PDA models.

Samsung’s multimedia cards include a NAND flash memory component and a controller, and the memory capacity is determined by the density of the built-in NAND flash memory for which Samsung has strong market leadership.

Samsung’s MMCs operate on 3.3 volts and can read or write data at an industry-leading 1.3MB per second. Moving picture streams of VGA quality (a million -pixels) can be stored in real time. Samsung’s MMC line-up will be further enhanced by energy-thrifty dual 1.8V/3.3V MMC, and High-Speed MMC to be available later this year. High-Speed MMC specification has been introduced lately by MMC association and boasts burst data rate of 52MB per second, the fastest of Flash cards.

Last September, Samsung Electronics became the world’s first manufacturer to apply the 90-nanometer design rule to develop a 2-gigabit NAND flash memory chip and the company will apply its cutting-edge technology to memory cards as well for ultra-high capacity such as 1GB.Samsung’s enhanced multimedia card line up will be responsive to the increasing demand as the company expects the global MMC and RS-MMC market to reach $200 million in 2003 and jump to $500 million in 2004.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: heat-powered watches, phone cases with reflexes

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Emerging Tech

Why wait? Here are some CES 2019 gadgets you can buy right now

Companies come to CES to wow us with their cutting edge technology, but only a few products are slated to hit the market right away. Here is our list of the best CES 2019 tech you can buy right now.
Cars

With a 48-inch screen, this futuristic dashboard is like nothing else

Chinese startup Byton traveled to CES 2019 to unveil a new version of its electric concept that's closer to series production. It has the largest screen ever fitted to a production vehicle.
Mobile

Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia

HMD Global, a startup that designs and builds Nokia Android smartphones, wants to put the Nokia brand name back “where it belongs.” It helps that it’s made up of ex-Nokia employees. We go behind the scenes to see how HMD formed.
Computing

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.
Mobile

Samsung rumored to mark 10 years of the Galaxy S line with a 5G model

Samsung is rumored to launch a 5G version of the Galaxy S10, called the Galaxy S10 X. The phone may be larger than the standard Galaxy S10 devices, and feature a very impressive specification sheet.
Mobile

The most expensive Galaxy S10 could be the priciest Galaxy phone we've seen

Not long now; with 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.
Computing

Yes, Android apps can run on your PC, and it's easier than you think

Wish you knew how to run Android apps in Windows? It's easier than you might think and there are a number of different ways to do it. In this guide, we break down the steps so you can follow along with ease.
Mobile

Unleash your inner artist with the best drawing apps for the iPad Pro

The best drawing apps for the iPad Pro turn Apple's robust tablet into a canvas worthy of a true artist. Here are 20 of our current favorites, whether you're looking to keep things simple or take your art to the next level.
Android

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019: Complete Coverage

There's no bigger show for mobile tech geeks than Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain: where flagship phones are born and intriguing new wearables shine. And this year, where foldable phones and 5G are likely to dominate the news. For…
Mobile

C you soon? Rumors swirl of a USB-C port on 2019 iPhones

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Mobile

Biometric phone unlocks can’t be forced by feds, says U.S. judge

Fingerprint and face unlocks used to not be protected by the Fifth Amendment, but that may soon change. A judge in California has ruled biometric unlocking methods of all kinds are protected in the same way as passcodes.