Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and SGS-Thomson Microelectronics join efforts and resources to develop flash-memory products, starting with multi-level 64-Mbit memories. These will include both DINOR and NOR architectures, as well as associated processes from 0.20 through 0.18 micron. Resulting products will be used primarily in portable applications such as hand-held computers, personal digital assistants, and interactive set-top boxes. The companies expect to see the market for flash- memory products grow from $2.6 billion in 1996 to more than $6 billion by 2001. Embedded applications will also benefit. These include consumer products that integrate set-top boxes, DVD, games, and Internet terminal features under the control of a standard operating system; global positioning by satellite systems for the automotive market; and industrial control systems. FAX: (408) 732-9382.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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