By Kim Yoo-chul
Samsung Electronics said it and six other memory makers have agreed to create an industry standard for flash memory cards by 2009.
The six are Micron Technology, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Spansion, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments.
Flash memory cards are widely used for cell phones and digital cameras. The industry specification will make flash cards interchangeable among cameras and other digital gadgets.
For makers, the open common standard will help them cut costs for the development of products as they will be able to manage memory solutions more efficiently.
For example, the new standard will set the ground for memory makers to develop next generation flash memory cards that will feature superior functions to existing cards.
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (JEDEC), a leading open-standards body in the semiconductor industry, will take the leading role in standardizing the common format.
The new specification, dubbed Universal Flash Storage (UFS), will meet the industry's need for a universal memory solution with higher memory capacities and performance.
The UFS is likely to fuel ongoing efforts by chip-related companies for the development of next-generation chips that support low access times required for memories, making high-speed access to larger multimedia files possible.