SanDisk, Toshiba to Ship High-Performance NAND Flash Chips

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-01-23 Print this article Print

The company says it will launch 56-nanometer multi-level cell flash memory chips along with partner Toshiba from the Fab 3 plant in Nagoya, Japan.

NAND flash memory provider SanDisk announced Jan. 23 that it expects to ship 56-nanometer multi-level cell flash memory chips this month with Toshiba from Fab 3, the 300mm wafer fabrication facility located at Toshibas Yokkaichi Operations near Nagoya, Japan. By spring 2007, SanDisk intends to ship the highest available density of single-chip MLC NAND flash memory, a company spokesperson said. After qualifying limited engineering samples, SanDisk plans to introduce the new 8-gigabit (1GB) single-chip, MLC NAND flash memory on 56nm process technology in the coming weeks, with commercial shipments slated for later in the first quarter.
In Q2-07, the company expects to introduce monolithic 16-gigabit (2GB) NAND, which will be the highest density single-chip MLC NAND flash memory in the industry.
"With the introduction of the 56nm and 16Gb process, SanDisk is rolling out its fifth generation of MLC NAND flash memory," said Dr. Randhir Thakur, SanDisks executive vice president of technology and worldwide operations. Click here to read more about SanDisks high-speed solid state drive. "Having 16GB memory on 56nm process technology allows us to realize twice the memory density per chip when compared with 8GB 70nm technology. This allows us to achieve the highest single-chip density of MLC NAND flash memory, thus enabling us to produce even more cost-effective MLC NAND flash memory chips." With the technology and design advances in 56nm, SanDisk products also will offer approximately twice the improvement in write performance compared to the 70nm generation. SanDisk and Toshiba share output from the Yokkaichi facility and have co-developed many of the designs and technologies in MLC NAND flash. The new 56nm flash will be produced initially at Fab 3, the first 300mm wafer facility that SanDisk and Toshiba opened in 2005. By the end of this year, Fab 4, the new 300mm facility now under construction in connection with Flash Alliance, a venture between the two companies, will begin 56nm flash production. Milpitas, Calif.-based SanDisk is the inventor of flash storage cards and is the worlds largest supplier of flash data storage card products. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
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 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 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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