The microSD card -- 128MB to 128GB in under a decade
With capacities growing at the rate of 175% annually, and compared with hard disk drive technology -- over 60 years old -- NAND flash memory is still young and on the move.
In 1987, Toshiba announced the first NAND. By 1995, the company introduced a 40MB memory card for cameras. Less than 20 years later, microSD NAND memory cards smaller than a fingernail can store more than one hundred billion bytes of data.
How much can you store on a 128GB NAND flash card? How about 32,000 songs, 27 DVD movies and up to 250,000 photos. While standard planar NAND flash is running up against a capacity wall, 3D NAND promises to continue to grow capacity well into the future.