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Apr 13, 2012

JEDEC Starts Process to Standardize Wireless NAND

JEDEC has announced its latest project, the creation of a standard for non-volatile memory that also incorporates wireless connectivity.

Wireless connections are everywhere nowadays, but that doesn't mean that the storage performs the data transfers itself.

Indeed, everything down to wireless HDDs and SSDs use a special chip and/or antenna to broadcast the signal.

Nevertheless, there are such things called secure digital (SD) memory cards with Wi-Fi support.

The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has now begun work on a standard for such products.

Once it is complete, users may finally have more than ease of use as a point of interest.

What we mean by that is that, even though the Wi-Fi SD cards are easy to use, they have existed for years without gaining fame because their capacities are low. Add to that the high costs and reliance on special software and there isn't much of an incentive to get one.

Nevertheless, data transfer technologies have begun to use such cards more often.

“The new wireless memory activity in JC-64 is part of an ongoing effort within JEDEC to extend memory technologies to meet the industry’s need for innovative solutions that best meet enterprise and consumer demands,” said John Kelly, the president of JEDEC.

“We welcome all interested companies to participate in the development of open industry standards within JEDEC to help enable and grow the market for wireless memory.”

The first order of business will be to push the data speed to over 100 Mbps while coming up with a universal means of enabling read/write between Wireless Memory Tag (mobile devices) and Wireless Memory Host (battery-free memory tags).

“There is currently no standard for this type of high speed, low power wireless data transfer. Creating a standard is essential to enabling manufacturing, distribution and retail businesses to benefit from the 100+ Mbit/s transfer rates achieved at close proximity, using very low power wireless memory. It will also enable consumers to enjoy new, fast wireless experiences, such as downloading a music album in under 10 seconds in a store,” said Hannu Kauppinen, head of Nokia Research Center.


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