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New 32GB microSD cards available soon as well

Solid State Drives have been making the news quite a bit, but the biggest market for NAND flash memory is still in mobile devices like smartphones and portable music systems.

Samsung is the world's biggest supplier of NAND flash memory and has been developing higher density memory solutions for mobile devices. The company is announcing a 64GB moviNAND memory device and a 32GB micro Secure Digital (microSD) memory card.

"Samsung's high-density memory solutions bring the storage capacity levels of computing systems to small, mobile devices," said Dong-Soo Jun, the Executive Vice President of Memory Marketing for Samsung Electronics.

"The 64GB embedded memory, moviNAND, and the 32GB microSD card each greatly expand the data storage density of mobile devices, meeting customers' memory requirements and ushering in a new era of mobile and IT device capacity growth," he added.

The new solutions are based on Samsung's 32gb NAND chips. The 64GB moviNAND is only 1.4mm high, and consists of 16 30nm-class 32Gb MLC NAND chips and a controller. The 17 die stack was achieved by using 30-micron thick chips and advanced package technology. With the new 64GB solution, Samsung's proprietary moviNAND embedded memory is now available in 64GB, 32GB, 16GB, 8GB and 4GB densities.
The 32GB microSD card stacks eight 32Gb NAND components and a card controller. The highest capacity microSD card currently in production has a 16GB capacity and is based on 40nm-class 16Gb NAND. The new 32GB card is only 1mm thick.
Samsung's new 64GB moviNAND has been in mass production since December, while the 32GB microSD cards are currently sampling with mass production expected next month. These will compete against similar offerings from Toshiba announced last month.

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'tain't natural!
By blowfish on 1/13/2010 4:34:20 PM , Rating: 4
can you imagine going back a hundred and fifty years or so with a 32GB microSD card - you might be burnt at the stake!

32GB is the same storage capacity as offered by 22,700 floppy disks of old. It's incredible to think that you could store, say, 45 700MB movies on a device just 15mm x 11mm.

RE: 'tain't natural!
By Flunk on 1/13/2010 4:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, everyone would just wonder what that really tiny rock you are carrying is.

RE: 'tain't natural!
By Shining Arcanine on 1/13/2010 5:13:31 PM , Rating: 2
Burning people at the stake is something that governments usually did to deal with people of religious backgrounds that they deemed a threat to their rule. I doubt thiswould apply to you as a consequence of owning a microSD card.

RE: 'tain't natural!
By sieistganzfett on 1/13/2010 5:23:46 PM , Rating: 5
true, but I think he really meant going back to meet the IBM team led by Rey Johnson on September 13, 1956.. would lead to burning at the stake..

RE: 'tain't natural!
By Sunday Ironfoot on 1/13/2010 7:15:26 PM , Rating: 3
I think you'd have the same reaction if someone from 50 years in the future travelled back and showed you a 512 PetaByte USB 5.0 pen drive :-)

RE: 'tain't natural!
By IvanAndreevich on 1/13/2010 9:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't be impressed - it's expected. Why would you be surprised, knowing that it came from the future, while also being familiar with Moore's "law"?

RE: 'tain't natural!
By nuarbnellaffej on 1/13/2010 11:36:45 PM , Rating: 5
I'd freak the HELL out if someone traveled back in time, that would be incredible, I could care less about the storage device!

RE: 'tain't natural!
By crazyboy1 on 1/14/2010 4:23:53 AM , Rating: 2
I'd freak the HELL out if someone traveled back in time, that would be incredible, I could care less about the storage device!
Hilarious!!!!!!!!! Thanks

RE: 'tain't natural!
By Shadowmaster625 on 1/14/2010 9:24:05 AM , Rating: 2
I would hope we're not using usb 50 years from now. Should be UWB. (Universal wireless bus.)

Classic iPods
By excelsium on 1/13/2010 3:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like spinning platter based media players such as the iPod classic are very close to obsolescence then :).

RE: Classic iPods
By Murloc on 1/13/2010 4:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
yes, and they can be made lighter and smaller.
Someday they will disappear from computers too...

RE: Classic iPods
By Flunk on 1/13/2010 4:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
I think we're there already very few people (probably all of whom read Dailytech) have more than 32GB of music they care to listen to on a regular basis.

RE: Classic iPods
By smilingcrow on 1/13/2010 5:43:17 PM , Rating: 3
It’s hard to listen to 32GB of music on a regular basis as it equates to over 16 days worth of music encoded @ 192Kbs.

RE: Classic iPods
By rudy on 1/13/2010 10:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
So you could have higher quality music such as wav.The point is its good no matter what. And if the capacity far excedes the current use people will put it to other uses. I personally would happily sync all my computers documents with my Phone if I could.

RE: Classic iPods
By epobirs on 1/14/2010 2:35:39 AM , Rating: 2
No, once such volumes become cheap the vendors will change focus to audio quality. The difference between a good DVD-A or SuperCD compare to even a high bit rate lossy codec can be quite amazing.

You might recall a few years ago that some performers like Neil Young were railing against the CD Audio standard because of the quality sacrificed. Neil changed his tune, so to speak, when he got to spend some time using a 24-bit studio that eliminated the compromises of the Red book standard introduced 31 years ago. (Yes, it's really been 31 years.)

When flash gets down to a buck a gigabyte or better, audio quality will be the new marketing push to justify having hundreds of gigabytes in your pocket.

By semo on 1/13/2010 5:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
Is the 32GB card microSDXC? It probably is. I hope its above class 6... I hope nothing made from now on is not below that.

By jbwhite99 on 1/13/2010 6:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
Actually a new SDHC card would be preferable - SDXC is like USB 3.0 or SATA 6 at this point - great new technology, but who has a device that can use it. I'd love to put a 32MB card (if affordable) in my Droid, so I could have more storage (not that I have filled up the 16 I have today).

By mcnabney on 1/13/2010 8:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
Try putting full resolution DVD movies on the Droid. They look beautiful and can put a nice dent in the 16GB card.

By epobirs on 1/14/2010 2:47:59 AM , Rating: 2
It will be in versions of both. 32GB is the upper limit for SDHC and the entry level for SDXC. Actually, an SDXC card can be smaller but there isn't much use for such. Nearly everyone desiring the improvement in speed will also want the greater capacity. The cost premium will disappear soon enough that it will seem pointless to get anything smaller.

the title says it all...
By poundsmack on 1/13/2010 3:53:44 PM , Rating: 2
"Samsung's 64GB NAND Flash Memory Could Enable New iPods, Smartphones"

well duh...

anyways, seeing storage capacities increase while the fab process decreases (30nm is pretty impressive) is always good. It's going to be interesting once we hit 22nm and nano wires and nano carbon tubes start coming into play in a major way.

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