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Texas Instruments Integrates M-Systems’ DOC H-Series Embedded Flash Drives into its Aureus™ High Speed Encoding Solution for Car Audio


DOC H-Series products provide automotive audio system designers with an easy-to-integrate, stable path to cost effective NAND flash storage technology

2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, Jan. 4, 2006 , M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), an industry leader and innovator of flash-based data storage devices, today announced that Texas Instruments (TI) has integrated M-Systems’ DOC H-Series embedded flash drive (EFD) into TI’s high-speed encode and playback solution for car audio applications.

With its high speed encode and playback solution, Texas Instruments provides a comprehensive software suite running on an Aureus™ DA710 audio digital signal processor (DSP) to provide a feature-rich, cost-effective software and hardware solution for automotive entertainment applications.

DOC H-Series EFDs provide a highly reliable and robust embedded memory solution to answer the growing demands for solid-state storage within automotive audio systems. The unique combination of DiskOnChip® EFD architecture, MLC NAND flash media and M-Systems’ TrueFFS® flash management technology results in a cost effective, high-performance product with a high level of reliability suited for the demanding profile of automotive audio applications.

With the help of DOC H-series, automotive audio application designers can extend the life of their platform and practically future-proof its storage by providing a seamless migration between NAND generations, while minimizing associated design risks. DOC H-series offers an easy transition to NAND technology by addressing inherent shortcomings of raw NAND media, and frequent NAND architecture changes. DOC H-Series virtually does away with the traditional trade-offs associated with migration to new storage technologies at the risk of platform stability by providing a complete, standardized interface solution, based on the most appropriate NAND flash media per given density.

“The automotive audio and infotainment market is demonstrating a dramatic increase in demand for solid-state multimedia-related storage. Cars’ dashboards are essentially being reinvented as a hub of quality multimedia entertainment,” said Dave Maples, Performance Audio Manager, TI. “For developers of such car audio systems, a long product life span as well as ruggedness, endurance, high performance and reliability are essential requirements. DOC H-series presents an attractive, easy-to-integrate storage solution, making it a perfect pairing partner to our DA710-based high-speed encode and playback development platform for car audio.”

“Texas Instruments is a leader and trendsetter with a long history of collaboration with M-Systems based on our DiskOnChip architecture,” said Noam Kedem, vice president marketing for M-Systems. “By supporting M-Systems’ DOC within their DA710-based car audio development platform, TI is enabling automotive audio system designers easy access to a high density, onboard flash storage solution which meets high reliability requirements at cost-effective price points.”

About M-Systems
M-Systems develops, manufactures and markets innovative flash-based data storage solutions for consumer electronics and embedded markets. The Company targets the fast growing multimedia mobile handset market with its DiskOnChip® and MegaSIM™ products and the popular USB flash drive market with its DiskOnKey® product. More information about M Systems is available online at

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