Sunday, June 20, 2010

128GB NAND Chips Will be Here this Year

Storage, storage, storage. It used to be that you never knew when you would fill up a hard drive. Then desktop computers started getting these ridiculously larger hard drives. Then it wasn't too long after that when hard drive sizes went up for laptops and portable computers.

Now, we're going to see a similar explosion for other portable devices. Toshiba has announced that before the end of 2010 they will begin mass production on NAND chips that have 128Gb of capacity. That means you're going to see an amazing amount of storage in portable devices like cameras, video cameras, portable computers, and the like. Very cool and very amazing.

Here is all the lowdown on the specs from Toshiba:

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the launch of a 128-gigabyte (GB) embedded NAND flash memory module, the highest capacity yet achieved in the industry. The module is fully compliant with the latest e •MMCTM standard, and is designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablet PCs and digital video cameras. Samples will be available from September, and mass production will start in the fourth quarter (October to December) of 2010.

The new 128GB embedded device integrates sixteen 64Gbit (equal to 8GB) NAND chips fabricated with Toshiba's cutting-edge 32nm process technology and a dedicated controller into a small package only 17 x 22 x 1.4mm[3]. Toshiba is the first company to succeed in combining sixteen 64Gbit NAND chips, and applied advanced chip thinning and layering technologies to realize individual chips that are only 30 micrometers thick.

Toshiba now offers a comprehensive line-up of single-package embedded NAND Flash memories in densities from 2GB to 128GB. They integrate a controller to manage basic control functions for NAND applications, and are compatible with the JEDEC e •MMCTM Version 4.4 and its features. New samples of 64GB chips will also be available from August.

Demand continues to grow for large density chips that support high resolution video and deliver enhanced storage, particularly in the area of embedded memories with a controller function that minimizes development requirements and eases integration into system designs. Toshiba has established itself as an innovator in this key area, and is now reinforcing its leadership by being first to market with a 128GB generation module.

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