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Toshiba, Infineon Unite on Chip

December 21, 2000

TOKYO (AP) _ Toshiba Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG will jointly develop power-saving memory chips for cellular phones, Toshiba said Thursday.

The new chips will combine the functions of two different types of chips currently used in cellular phones _ one for programming and another for downloading images from the Internet, said Toshiba spokesman Kenichi Sugiyama.

The new memory devices will extend battery life by allowing users to save data even when power has been completely shut off, Sugiyama said. Current chips require that some power remain on in order to save data after users have switched off their phones.

Toshiba, one of Japan’s biggest chipmakers, and German-based Infineon will split the estimated $60 million cost of developing the memory devices, Sugiyama said. The new chips are scheduled to go on sale worldwide by the end of 2002, he added.

Toshiba and Infineon, the semiconductor arm of Siemens AG, have been co-developing memory chips for 15 years.

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