Samsung Electronics has announced that it is shipping its 32GB moviNAND embedded memory card, built using a 30nm-class NAND manufacturing process. High density embedded memory cards are used to improve the performance of high-end multimedia phones and other mobile consumer electronics, especially when processing and storing large amounts of multimedia content such as videos, video games, and TV broadcasts.
Samsung is the world's largest producer of NAND flash, accounting for approximately forty percent of global NAND production. Unfortunately, this means that open standards can easily be ignored in favor of their own proprietary solutions.
The proprietary moviNAND embedded memory card uses eight 32Gb NAND chips together with a multimedia card controller and specialized firmware to create a 32GB device. It is also available in 16GB, 8GB, and 4GB capacities.
While Samsung claims that its 32Gb chips are built around a 30nm-class process, they declined to disclose specifics. DailyTech previously reported that Samsung, Toshiba, and SanDisk were preparing for 32nm NAND flash production. Samsung has now stepped ahead of most of the industry and its competitors.
However, IM Flash Technologies, an Intel joint venture with Micron, has been ramping up 34nm NAND flash production since November of last year, mostly for use in the embedded market. Intel is expected to use 34nm NAND flash chips in new SSD models to be introduced later this year.
Although it will take some time to ramp up to full production, eventually these new NAND chips from Samsung will find their way into other products such as netbooks, music players, digital cameras, SD cards, and SSDs, enabling higher densities and lower prices for consumers.
For example, OCZ Technology uses Samsung NAND flash in most of its SSD products, and will integrate it along with a Samsung flash controller in its new Summit series of performance SSDs.