One of the largest mobile phones manufacturers finish Nokia, announced that they are developing new format of the flash based memory cards under the name Universal Flash Storage ( UFS ). Nokia is the leader of the new UFS standard development, but the developed will be in cooperation with Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Spansion, STMicroElectronics and Texas Instruments.
New memory card format is mainly designated for usage in mobile phones, but we are sure that it will appears in other mobile devices, digital cameras and similar devices. Primary idea why to develop new standard is increased access speed to large multimedia files. Now to you will need up to 3 minutes to access 4GB file, and with new UFS cards that access time should be just few seconds.
Quick access is not the only thing that new format is bringing, it should be much less energy consuming comparing to current used standards. Final standard definition is expected during the year 2009.