Nokia said today it is collaborating with several of its rivals to create a common flash memory card format. First virtual machines, now flash, what is the world coming to? The proposed specification is being backed by Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Micron Technology, Spansion, MTMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments. The format will be standardized by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, an open-standards organization in the semiconductor industry.
The new memory card type, called Universal Flash Storage (UFS) aims to remove some of the confusion and need for adapters to accommodate the market's current cluster of memory card sizes.