12 New Flash Memory, SSD Devices Provide Diversity


Intel and Micron Technology in December unveiled what the two called the world's first 20-nm, 128-Gbit, multilevel-cell (MLC) NAND device, and said they are in mass production of their 64-Gbit, 20nm NAND devices.

The two companies, which have a joint venture company called IM Flash Technologies, said that with the new 128-Gbit NAND chips, it is possible to use eight dies to put 1 terabit of data storage capacity in a fingertip-sized package, with speeds of up to 333 megatransfers per second in tablet PCs, smart phones, and high-capacity solid state drives (SSDs).

The new 128-Gbit NAND devices are expected to start sampling this month, with mass production slated to begin in the first half of 2012.