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SanDisk 32GB SSD Ultra ATA 5000
SanDisk and Toshiba tout their advances in MLC NAND flash memory

When it comes to NAND flash memory, many companies are jockeying for position to the hold the upper hand with process technology and production. For the past few months, Samsung has made a number of announcements citing its achievement in producing faster and more densely packed chips. Not to be outdone, Toshiba and SanDisk have announced their collaborative efforts on high-speed Multi-Level-Cell (MLC) NAND memory.

The MLC NAND chips are built on a 56nm process using 300mm wafers. The company will first produce 8Gb MLC NAND memory in Q1 and make the move to 16GB MLC NAND in Q2.

"With commencement of the 56nm technology, SanDisk is rolling out its fifth generation of MLC NAND flash memory," said SanDisk's Dr. Randhir Thakur. "The technology and design advances will help enable SanDisk products to offer approximately twice the improvement in write performance compared to the 70nm generation."

The new chips will be produced at Fab 3 in Toshiba's Yokkaichi plant located near Nagoya, Japan. Fab 4, a new 300mm facility currently in construction, will add additional capacity by the end of 2007.

The new MLC NAND chips will no doubt find a home in a number of SanDisk products including its “Extreme” line of Secure Digital and CompactFlash cards and the recently introduced solid-state disks for notebooks computers.

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By Hyperlite on 1/24/2007 12:42:26 PM , Rating: 3
could someone explain to me why none of these NAND solutions are SATA? it seems counterintuitive...

By phaxmohdem on 1/24/2007 12:53:06 PM , Rating: 3
They are still trying to fix the graviton flux problem from the worm holes that open up near the drive when using SATA cables.

By das mod on 1/24/2007 1:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
but wouldn't in theory a flux capacitor resolve such issue ?

By phaxmohdem on 1/24/2007 1:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
In theory yes, but you'd need a 1.21 gigawatt power supply.

By Grast on 1/24/2007 2:05:57 PM , Rating: 3
plus a delorian

By Skobbolop on 1/24/2007 3:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
Or a bolt of lightning?

By lotharamious on 1/24/2007 5:38:55 PM , Rating: 3
Or a Mr. Fusion...

By UnFaZeD on 1/25/2007 11:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
hahahahah...that whole exchane was hilarious!!

By Thmstec on 1/24/2007 7:41:52 PM , Rating: 3
nah, we could use a nano-capacitor and some OLEDs along with something stylish from Steve Jobs. That should do the trick.

By CascadingDarkness on 1/24/2007 1:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
Just because the picture shows UATA doesn't mean that's the only interface. These drives are coming out for every interface.

It makes perfect sense on the manufacturer’s side too. People aren't going to want to go buy a new laptop/PC interface just to get an SSD with X interface. They want a drive that goes into their existing laptop/PC.

I look forward to every new annoucement on SSD. I don't think I'm the only one who is tired of hard drives being bottle neck.

By Hyperlite on 1/24/2007 1:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
oh i agree entirely, a 5400rpm hdd in my TM8200 really irks me...sorry i jumped to that conclusion, i just havn't seen any SATA SSDs yet.

By CascadingDarkness on 1/24/2007 1:57:09 PM , Rating: 2
Well shame on you! Our lovable DailyTech even reported one.

You can find some if you sift through a google search too for some decent sites. Not many reliable reports yet.

I'm going to hold off until cost goes down, and we get more drives on market to get some wider reliable comparisons. Thinking of encouraging my company to look at SSD for our sales force's laptops. Mainly because these people aren't techs and don't know how to take care of laptops. Can't believe how many DOA HDs we get a day due to failure.

The bonus would be company would be helping out manufacturers, and help market improve so I can buy a drive when prices go down. =)

By mjz on 1/24/2007 1:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
true, can't wait for benchmarks though.. Cause, who knows if it will actually be faster

16gb sansa!
By Pirks on 1/24/2007 1:24:05 PM , Rating: 1
here I come baby!!!

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