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Samsung quadruples NAND density in less than a month

Samsung continues its advancements in the area of flash memory development with today's announcement of 8Gb NAND flash memory devices. The new high density multi-level-cell (MLC) memory is based on a 60nm manufacturing process and allows a 25% increase in production output compared to 70nm designs.

This latest advancement allows Samsung to offer customers 8GB memory solutions which use two vertically stacked 4GB packages (each featuring four vertically stacked 8Gb dies). These 8GB NAND flash memory devices will be available starting in the third quarter. Samsung is also planning to use these 8Gb flash memory devices in its moviNAND product family to produce 2GB memory solutions for mobile handsets.  This 3D packaging was announced by the company in April, 2006.

It won't be long before the portable media player (PMP) market starts taking advantage of this latest advancement in flash technology. It's been rumored that Apple has a new iPod Nano model on tap for its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that could make use of the new 8Gb NAND flash devices.

Just last month, Samsung introduced 2Gb 60nm flash memory for its OneNAND family. Those chips offer sustained read speeds of 108MB/sec and sustained writes of 17MB/sec and are aimed at hybrid and SSD hard drives.

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By kattanna on 7/19/2006 10:41:42 AM , Rating: 3
soon..i will be able to carry the complete set of the lord of the rings movies around on my key chain..too funny

RE: hehehe
By gerf on 7/19/2006 11:39:27 AM , Rating: 2
If you rip your copy to .avi divx, you can.

RE: hehehe
By Master Kenobi on 7/19/2006 11:43:37 AM , Rating: 2
Nah just image that sucker straight into an ISO and run it.

Incredible stuff...
By killerroach on 7/19/2006 6:23:28 AM , Rating: 2
...bigger and smaller at the same time. The practical upshot of this is that we'll see cheaper and bigger flash memory in the future, which can only benefit all of us.

RE: Incredible stuff...
By Muirgheasa on 7/19/2006 7:12:38 AM , Rating: 2
Spoken for truth. The proliferation of cheap memory is benefitting just about everyone, and is especially exciting (in my opinion) in terms of Phone/MP3 player hybrids and the like. Only the other day I was able to buy a 512MB Micro-SD memory card for €27 - two and a half years ago I bought a digital camera and paid more than that for a 64MB SD card which is about 10 times the size (seriously - Micro-SD is about a third the size of a standard sim card, I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when I received it.).

RE: Incredible stuff...
By segagenesis on 7/19/2006 9:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously, keep it coming. With announcements like this we should be seeing $150 32GB solid state drives within a year. Apparently flash technology has reached its... uh... flash point (yeah you can all groan collectively) like IC technology saw in 1969-1970. At that time you would see calculators that contained hundereds to thousands of discrete components and SSI chips to maybe a couple LSI... then a single chip, all within the period of 18 months. Damn that Gordon Moore guy for being right...

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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