Rockbox was a participating mentor organization of Google’s Summer of Code 2007, and I was the organization administrator in our end. It turned out to be a rather easy job and in the end I didn’t end up mentoring anyone.
Now they’re arranging a Summit in Mountain View, California in the beginning of October (like they obviously did last year) and Rockbox as organization is invited to send three representatives. They are even graciously funding people to go there, and they pay for a night at a hotel and food. Very grand indeed.
If my life had been different at this point I would’ve been thrilled to go there. Now, with two small kids it’s just not practically possible. I’ve already stretched my “allowance” from my family by the upcoming week-long trip to China in mid-October. So while it wouldn’t cost me personally much money-wise, it unfortunately doesn’t fit right now.
Apparently a lot of electronics companies, including Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Micron Technology, Spansion, MTMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments are planning to introduce yet another memory card due to release 2009. This time they call it “a common flash memory card format” (UFS – Universal Flash Storage) – which is kind of amusing in my view. Aren’t all memory cards “common” in one sense?
JEDEC published a PDF press release about it, saying amongst other things:
“The UFS specification is expected to accommodate greater efficiency in the design of memory cards for card manufacturers and end-product designers. The standardized interface will also reduce the system design burden for embedded applications.
The next-generation flash memory specification is expected to be completed in the first half of 2009, with a draft specification available in the first half of 2008.”
Anyway, decreasing the vast amount of various different formats could be good for end-users. Perhaps. We’ll see…