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LSI joins open NAND Flash Interface Working Group
Article Type: Industry news From: Microelectronics International, Volume 25, Issue 3
Storage leader to collaborate in establishing NAND Flash Standard Interface.
LSI Corporation has joined the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFi) Working Group, an organisation of industry-leading companies dedicated to simplifying the integration of NAND flash memory into consumer electronics devices, computing platforms and industrial systems.
“As a leading provider of integrated circuits for hard disk drive manufacturers and disk storage systems and software for the world’s leading server OEMs, LSI is able to contribute end-to-end silicon, software and systems expertise to the ONFi initiative,” said Phil Brace, Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Marketing, LSI. “Our position in the market gives us a unique opportunity to help shape the industry and capitalise on this emerging market opportunity in the future.”
LSI joins more than 70 member companies participating in the ONFi initiative. Together, the companies will work to develop a standardised NAND flash interface that allows interoperability between NAND devices.
“We’re pleased to welcome LSI to the ONFi Working Group,” said Knut Grimsrud, ONFi Chairman and Intel Fellow. “We look forward to the contribution LSI can provide through the company’s breadth of expertise ranging from silicon to systems.”
The ONFi Working Group was formed in 2006. Before the advancements made by the Working Group, use of NAND flash in end-user applications was hampered by the lack of sufficient standardisation. To support a new NAND flash component on a platform, host software, firmware and/or hardware changes were often required. Implementing these changes was extremely costly due to the new testing cycle required, which led to slower rates of adoption for new NAND flash components. ONFi aims to remedy this problem and speed time-to-market for NAND flash-based applications.
Further information about ONFi Working Group, please contact: www.onfi.org/index.html