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December 7th, 2011

Intel And Micron Announce World’s First 128Gb NAND

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Written by: Bryan Conte (Associate Editor)
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128Gb NAND Device

It’s about as small as a penny, and exceptionally dense. The latest work from the minds of Intel and Micron is the world’s first 128Gb NAND Device which will offer up to 1Tb of data storage by stacking just eight die.

This marks one giant leap for both tech companies and consumers who are constantly craving more storage yet retaining the sleek and slim feel.  Traditionally, device manufacturers would have to sacrifice on battery size for example, or design thickness, however the 128Gb NAND Device which is built on the 20nm process, uses planar technology to accomplish the feat.

The Vice President of Micron’s NAND Solutions Group said “As portable devices get smaller and sleeker, and server demands increase, our customers look to Micron for innovative new storage technologies and system solutions that meet these challenges.”

128 GB NAND Offers 333MT/s

The new NAND Device offering 128Gb will also reach attractive speeds of 333 megatransfers per second which links it with the ONFI 3.0 specification.  The new chip runs on an innovation by the company which allows for cell scaling, offering excellent speed and user experiences as more and more devices hit the cloud and offer data intensive services like HD streaming.

Also announced in the Press Release was the beginning of mass production of the 64Gb 20nm NAND coming this month.  But you will have to wait a short time until you can start taking advantage of the 128Gb NAND, as the company will look to make the transition to the new chip in 2012.

Intel and Micron have stated that the 128GB NAND will see the light of day in limited quantities just a month from now (January).  Shortly thereafter the companies intend to ramp up to full scale mass production during Q1 and Q2 of 2012.

Planar Cell Structure 128GB NAND

Rob Cooke of Intel also commented on the announcement saying, “Through the utilization of planar cell structure and Hi-K/Metal gate stack IMFT continues to advance the technological capabilities of our NAND flash memory solutions to enable exciting new products, services and form factors.”

Get excited gadget lovers; this technology will allow larger storage in devices like your iPod Touch through the use of their dense stackable die at 128Gb in one convenient flash package. 

About the Author

Bryan Conte (Associate Editor)
"I'd be lost without technology." Bryan enjoys writing, anything to do with the internet and is working on a second bachelor's degree. You can usually find him buried in code, or learning something new. Also noteworthy is that he constantly fears going bald. Google+ -bryan@gizmoinsider.com


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