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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Computer Business News: Samsung Makes Driver Source Code Public

Samsung Electronics stated Wednesday that it intends to make the driver source code for its own OneNAND available to Linux/Open Source designers. Samsung spokesperson Jon Kang, senior vice president of technical marketing at Samsung Semiconductor, anticipates that this decision will be very exciting for this community of designers.

Open source code has become a driving force in the technology boom that has caused so many customers to welcome the benefits of mobility into their lives. Therefore, Samsung’s announcement is expected to be well-received in the open design arena, and its effects will be felt by even those outside the industry.

Samsung also claims that revealing the driver source code for OneNAND could very well permit consumer electronic goods designers to easily add OneNAND’s operational instructions to many products.
The design of OneNAND is complex, but incredibly efficient. The fusion architecture sports a single-level-cell (SLC) NAND core with SRAM and logic elements that successfully duplicate NOR Flash interface. OneNAND also offers a sustained data “read” speed of 108 MB/s. This speed is four times faster than regular NAND Flash memory. Samsung also asserts that OneNAND has a “write” speed of 10 MB/s, a speed that is more than 60 times faster than the typical multi-level-cell (MLC) NOR Flash memory.

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