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TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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From Times Staff and Wire Reports

‘Flash’ Computer Chips to Be Developed: Japan’s NEC Corp. and SunDisk Corp. of the United States have agreed to jointly develop a new generation of “flash” computer memory chips. The companies plan to begin marketing 256-megabit flash memories in 1997. The largest flash memory chips currently available hold 16 megabits, or about 16 million units of binary information. Unlike conventional computer memory chips, flash memories continue to hold information even after power to the units is turned off. They are expected to become a lightweight alternative to computer hard disks.

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