Hynix, Intel, Sony form NAND flash group

Hynix, Intel, Sony, Micron, and Phison have formed the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Working Group with the goal of improving interoperability between NAND Flash memory devices. NAND is commonly used in CompactFlash, SD, SmartMedia, and Sony Memory Sticks, but the group claims a "lack of sufficient standardization" in NAND parts results in unnecessary and costly changes to NAND-based systems when new parts need to be supported. To counteract this, the group is building a standardized chip-level interface to ease NAND flash memory integration. The interface will offer common pin-outs, a standardized NAND command set, and allow NAND memory devices to "self-describe their capabilities to the host."

According to the ONFI group, these changes will both speed up the release of NAND-based products and allow new products to use NAND memory. The specification is expected to be completed in the second half of the year, and new group members will be announced within the next couple of months. Thanks to The Inquirer for the tip.

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