AMD has released and made available to manufacturers its new 1.8-volt flash memory chip. Commonly used in cell phones, networking equipment and in PDAs (personal digital assistants), flash memory stores data in these devices and continues to do so, even when the device’s power supply is off. This new flash memory chip, known as Am29BDS640G, uses almost half the voltage of AMD’s standard 3-volt flash chips, and AMD claims that it uses up to 95 percent less power than competing devices. The advantage of lower voltage flash memory allows manufacturers to offer longer battery life and more capacity while requiring less storage space. The Am29BDS640G is available in lots of 10,000 each for a list price of $10.75 US.