Samsung Begins Volume Production of 30-nm Flash Chips

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-12-01 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The new processors will go into flash modules alongside Samsung's own 3-bit NAND controllers to produce 8GB micro Secure Digital (microSD) cards for use in thumb drives, cell phones and cameras.

Samsung, the world's No. 1 manufacturer of NAND flash processors with more than 30 percent of the market, said Dec. 1 that it has begun volume production of 30-nanometer MLC (multilevel-cell) flash chips.

Samsung claims it is the first chip maker in the solid-state processor industry to ramp up production on 30nm-size flash chips.

The new processors will go into flash modules alongside Samsung's own 3-bit NAND controllers to produce 8GB micro Secure Digital (microSD) cards for use in thumb drives, cell phones and cameras, the company said.

Because 3-bit MLC NAND increases the capacity of NAND data storage by 50 percent over conventional 2-bit chips, consumers will have more room to store larger data files, such as video and high-definition photos.

Samsung, among other flash suppliers, is also working on other NAND advancements, such as asynchronous double data rate MLC NAND memory.

Samsung sells its wares to just about all major device makers, including Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Research In Motion, Seagate, Dell, Sun Microsystems and newcomer Fusion i-o, which makes enterprise-level NAND flash servers.

 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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