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Samsung to mass produce 16-Gbit NAND in 2006

Posted: 14 Sep 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nand flash memory  hard disk drive 

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has developed the world's highest density NAND flash memory - a 16Gb device made using a 50nm manufacturing process technology - and that mass production is planned for the second half of 2006.

"Memory is opening a bold new world in consumer electronics," said Chang-Gyu Hwang, Samsung Electronics' semiconductor business president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "With cards containing multiple 16Gb flash memory chips, you will be able to take your entire music and personal video libraries with you on one small portable device."

The 16Gb density was achieved with the industry's first use of a 50nm process for mass production using a so-called 3D-transistor architecture, Samsung claimed.

The advent of a 16Gb memory device should provide an alternative to miniature hard disk drives as consumer electronic manufacturers are now considering the introduction of NAND-based storage to bolster performance and power consumption levels in new gadgets.

By combining up to 16 such devices on a single card, manufacturers will be able to manufacture 32-Gbyte memory cards.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times





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