Flash Memory Cards Overview
Intel's Flash memory cards bring the code and data file storage advantages of Intel's FlashFile(TM) memory to embedded systems and portable electronics systems.
These products provide the low cost, extended system battery life, high performance, ruggedness and reliability that are required for today's embedded systems
Series 100 Miniature Cards
The Series 100 Miniature Card is Intel's new Flash memory card form factor. Available initially in 2- and 4-Mbyte densities, the Series 100 is a low cost flash
memory card designed with portable consumer electronics systems in mind. Digital photography, audio recording, wireless communications, and handheld
computing are ideal applications for Miniature Cards, which are favored for their low cost and compactness. The Intel Series 100 card is based on the Miniature
Card Specification, available through the Miniature Card Implementers Forum, which defines a low-cost elastomeric interconnect between the system and card. The
Series 100 Miniature Cards are based on a x16 linear array of Intel 28F008SC FlashFile(TM) memory devices that support 3.3V and 5V read/write operation and
automated suspend options. When used in conjunction with host-based filing system software, such Flash Translation Layer (FTL), the Series 100 cards offer the
system user file format compatibility across a wide range of systems.
Value Series 100 PC Cards
Intel's newest Flash Memory PC card, the Value Series 100, available in 2-, 4-, 8-Mbyte densities, offers a low cost, removable, solid-state storage solution for
code and data, as well as for high performance disk emulation. It is ideally suited to industrial oriented applications, such as network routing, switching, and mobile
computing. Combined with file management software, such as FTL, it provides high performance disk emulation for rugged environments and applications. These
Flash Memory PC cards enhance applications through their symmetrically blocked architecture, extended Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) and 5V operation.
They can be used as a simple x16 linear array of flash devices. The PC Card form factor offers an industry-standard pin out, removable linear flash memory and the
ability to upgrade system memory and software without changing board layout. The functionality of the Value Series 100 Flash Memory PC cards is based on Intel's
8-Mbit FlashFile memories.
Series 2 PC Cards
Intel's second generation Flash Memory PC cards feature block erasure, which offers data file and application storage in removable nonvolatile memory. Intel's
Series 2 Flash Memory PC cards are available in 2-, 4-, 10- and 20-Mbyte densities. They are ideally suited to industrial oriented applications, such as network
routing, switching, and mobile computing. Combined with file management software, such as FTL, it provides high performance disk emulation for rugged
environments and applications. The functionality of the Series 2 Flash Memory PC cards is based on Intel's 8-Mbit FlashFile memories. Each memory card consists
of a PCMCIA connector, an array of 28F008SA flash memories in TSOP packaging and card-control logic. The control logic provides the system interface and
controls the internal flash memories. Intel Flash memory cards feature fast random access, byte-wide and word-wide operation, low power modes and a Card
Information Structure (CIS) for easy identification of card characteristics.
Series 2+ PC Cards
Intel's Series 2+ Flash Memory PC cards are a full featured line of memory cards, including 3.3, 5, and 12V operation, block lockability, and page buffers for high
speed write performance. These cards, available in densities of 4, 8, 20 and 40 Mbytes, are an excellent solution for embedded systems. The lightweight Flash
memory PC cards extend system battery life and withstand environments that are too harsh for small form factor rotating disks. The functionality of the Series 2+
Flash Memory PC cards is based on Intel's 16- and 32-Mbit FlashFile memories. Each memory card consists of a PCMCIA connector, an array of 28F016SA
(4-20 MB) and 28F032SA (40 MB) flash memories in TSOP packaging and card-control logic. The control logic provides the system interface and controls the
internal flash memories.
A Complete Flash Memory Solution
When integrating flash memory into your system designs, look to Intel's full
range of Flash Memory Tools
to give your development schedule a boost. You'll find everything you need to
solve design problems, simplify the development process and improve product
Intel has worked closely with leading hardware and software vendors to develop
the most advanced and inclusive development tools suite available. This
includes software for file/data storage and in-system code updates,
programmers for storing information to flash memory in system development and
manufacturing, plus tools for designing flash memory into your applications
long before you have samples. Intel is committed to providing a full
range of development tools necessary to make our flash memory the easiest
to use in the industry.