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Early adoption will likely be slow

At its Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum 2012 this week Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930announced that it had just initiated mass production of 128 GB NAND flash chips for mobile devices.

The chips are destined to wind up in high-end smartphones and tablets.  They support 140 MB/s data transfer speeds (reads) and adhere to the JEDEC eMMC v4.5 specification.  The chips are fabricated on Samsung's new 20nm process and feature a toggle DDR 2.0 interface.

Expect early adoption to be slow, particularly on the smartphone front.

Samsung first introduced 64 GB memory modules in Jan. 2010.  Yet two years later, the only 64 GB smartphones are Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 5 and ASUSTek Computer Inc.'s (TPE:2357) Android Padfone.  Beyond that HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) has a handful of premiere 32 GB models, while most of the rest of the Android pack are sitting at 16 GB or less of internal storage.

Samsung 128 GB memory

Source: Samsung



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Speed - 140MB/s
By XZerg on 9/18/2012 12:55:11 PM , Rating: 3
Typo - 140GB/s - it would be nice to see Windows tablets with 2 of these chips providing closer to 200MB/s+. Even if the single chip provides comparable performance (50%) to standard SSD drives for small random IO, it would be nice to see such storages.




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