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New memory recycles last-gen process, but still offers 30 percent performance gains

Embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) -- tiny chips soldered to smartphone and tablet motherboards via ball-grid arrays -- are a staple of the mobile industry.  Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930offered up some exciting news today, revealing that it had started production of 10 nm-class (10-19 nm) NAND for eMMC, taking mobile storage to new levels of "tiny".

The new 64 GB NAND Flash storage chips, which are built on the eMMC 4.5 standard, which Samsung basically wrote itself, offer random writes of 2,000 IOPS (input-output operations per second), random reads of 5,000 IOPS, sequential reads at 260 MB/s, and sequential write speeds of 50 MB/s.

Those stats are about 30 percent up from the first-generation eMMC 4.5 devices (mature 20 nm product), which Samsung delivered five months ago.

More good news for Samsung is that it was able to repurpose its 20 nm lines to produce the 10 nm-class chips.  It says the process compatibility is expected to increase its manufacturing yields around 30 percent.

Samsung NAND flash
Samsung is now producing NAND on the 10-19 nm node. [Image Source: Samsung]

Samsung also shaved over 20 percent off the volume off the traditional 12 mm by 16 mm flash BGA package, squeezing the chips into a 11.5 mm by 13 mm form factor.  The chipmaker, having deeply invested in development of eMMC 4.5 is looking to submit it to JEDEC (the Joint Electron Engineering Council), next year, requesting that it be made an industry standard.

Recently, there has been controversy regarding Apple, Inc. (AAPL) being forced to pay more for Samsung's chips, in the wake of its decision to continue to attack the better selling smartphone maker in court.  The new 10 nm-class Flash chips are likely enough to leave Apple -- purveyor of all things thin -- salivating, but they may be another opportunity for Samsung to extract a piece of fiscal revenge on its dependent rival. 

Source: Samsung [press release]

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RE: Don't feed the hype
By TheJian on 11/18/2012 12:03:01 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm... Let me get this straight. You don't even know what the next process for Intel is, but you're commenting samsung can't do something?

As the OP noted, Intel (and I don't have to think, I KNOW) is shooting for 14nm and has announced a 4.1B investment in that tech. Samsung announced 5B to match ($13B total in Austin fab)...So maybe an extra Billion gets you better tech. Either way, you're guessing about samsung, and didn't even know the actual FACTS about Intel's own ambitions. 14nm 2014 volume production. Might want to get a handle on the known data, before you go dissing the unknown. I can see you've already acknowledged it but still...Not sure why you said recently. It was announced in Feb 2011 if memory serves. What do you call recent? That's almost 2yrs you've ignored the Intel news?
I think they'll get 14nm out by xmas 2013, but volume anything won't come until 2014 IMHO. Intel has their work cut out for them. Samsung isn't global foundries or tsmc :) Their track record with apple shows that. 130mil devices pretty much on time. Apple messed up big time. Good luck with TSMC apple ;) Nvidia will be entering Intel cpu space for the first time, and will do it on SAMSUNG's process, whatever that is (20nm I'd guess, as 10 will be a ways off no matter how accurate that is...mem first, then complicated chips).

If I was samsung I'd cut Apple off 100%, or raise the price 400% not 20%...LOL. Whatever way I had as a legal option I'd take it now before they tool up with TSMC etc. No apple products for 6 months would be a boon to sammy etc and lower apple ecosystem even more. Meanwhile android is marching on at an alarming rate. It would only be good for them even if they took a small hit temporarily. I'm guessing they'd just end up selling 60mil Galaxy S3's rather than 30mil+Apple's phones. I think they'd actually end up making more by cutting them off and selling their own phone/tablet a lot more (no middleman and they own the whole design).

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