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For years, the density of embedded memory in mobile handsets has followed Moore's Law, basically doubling about every two years. As new features including color, Javaenabled applications, and cameras enter the market, the average flash memory density has begun to grow at a faster rate. Predicting how much flash and RAM memory to include in phones designed to ship in 2004 and 2005 has become an all-important issue for handset designers and carriers.With the risk of inventory obsolescence and memory price volatility, it is important to select the appropriate memory density and feature set to meet market requirements. Handset designers need to ask themselves: What features will be adopted over the next two years? And how much memory will those features need? Fortunately for the industry, near-term feature adoption trends for the bulk of the wireless market are somewha... (more)