Samsung moves 1GB flash to advanced production process

Samsung has begun mass-producing 1G-bit flash memory chips using a 70 nanometer manufacturing process, it said Tuesday

Samsung Electronics has begun mass-producing 1G-bit flash memory chips using a more advanced manufacturing process, the company said Tuesday, helping to fuel the rapid growth in flash memory use for gadgets like digital cameras and MP3 players.

The South Korean manufacturer is now mass-producing its 1G-bit OneNAND chips using a 70-nanometer manufacturing process, it said. The figure refers to the size of the smallest features printed on the surface of the chips.

More advanced production methods help chip companies boost performance and storage capacities while keeping prices down. Samsung said the new production method is 70 percent more efficient than the 90 nanometer process widely used today, which should allow the company to sell the high-capacity chips at lower prices.

NAND flash has sparked a mini-revolution in the storage world, displacing hard disk drives from music players and other gadgets thanks to their low power consumption, smaller size and other advantages.

The performance of its 70 nanometer chips makes them suitable for use in digital cameras and "hybrid disk drives," as well as mobile phones and MP3 players in which they're widely used today, according to Samsung.

Its OneNAND chips can read data at sustained rate of 108M bytes per second, or 60 percent faster than chips made with the 90 nanometer process widely used by the industry, the company said.

Samsung expects its OneNAND sales to hit US$1 billion in 2008 and exceed US$1.5 billion two years after that.

The company recently began selling a 32G-byte solid-state disk, a flash-memory based replacement for hard-disk drives.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?