Seven semiconductor manufacturers have announced their commitment to
the introduction of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) -- a new industry
specification for removable memory cards and embedded memory chip
products for use in next-generation mobile devices, personal media
players, and digital cameras. The standard is being developed by
the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, which creates open
standards for the semiconductor industry.
UFS promises to offer high-speed access to large multimedia files,
while consuming less power in consumer electronic devices. UFS's
performance is expected to be much higher than is offered today by
flash cards. The next-generation flash memory specification is expected
to be completed in the first half of 2009, with a draft specification
available in the first half of 2008.