Oct 13, 11:00 PM (ET)


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new flash memory system Intel Corp. (INTC) introduced Monday aims to capitalize on the photography and multimedia functions being built into new cell phones.

Packing all memory functions into three or more stacked chips, the Intel StrataFlash Wireless memory system is designed for phones that need extra storage for video, pictures and music.

The design also cuts manufacturing costs.

"This new device allows a cell phone manufacturer in the same very small footprint to be able to store up to an hour of full motion video," said Curt Nichols, vice president of Intel's Flash Products Group.

The package - with a total capacity of up to 1 gigabit - can handle the memory requirements for code execution, data storage and random access memory. The new chips are expected to be available in the first quarter of next year.

"As phones get more and more capable and they can do all these fancy things