Toshiba Finalizes 128GB NAND Flash Memory Chip for Handhelds

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-17 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The new module features the highest storage capacity seen thus far in the sector. The device integrates 16 64-gigabit (equal to 8GB) NAND chips fabricated with Toshiba's 32nm process technology and a dedicated controller.

Toshiba's America Electronic Components division on June 17 announced that it has finalized a capacious new 128GB embedded NAND flash memory module for use in smartphones, tablet PCs and digital video cameras.

The new module features the highest storage capacity seen thus far in the sector. The device integrates 16 64-gigabit (equal to 8GB) NAND chips fabricated with Toshiba's 32nm process technology and a dedicated controller.

Everything is contained in a fully compliant, e-MMC-standard package that measures only 17x22x1.4 millimeters, Toshiba said.

Toshiba, the second-largest producer of NAND flash memory in the world behind Samsung, claimed to be the first company to succeed in combining 16 64-Gbit NAND chips. It used its advanced chip-thinning and layering technologies to produce individual chips that are only 30 micrometers thick, the company said.

Samples for OEMs will be made available for shipping in September, Toshiba said. Mass production will start in the fourth quarter of the year, when the company also will start making a 64GB variant, the company said.

 
 
 
 
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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