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Toshiba ramps up 32nm NAND production

Posted: 04 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Toshiba Corp. is accelerating the production of its NAND flash memory products, based on its long-awaited, 32nm process technology.

Samples of the world's first 32nm generation products are now available, including 32Gbit single chips (4Gbyte). The 16Gbit chip (2Gbyte) products, the current mainstream density, will be available in July in Japan.

The 32Gbit devices are aimed for USB memories and embedded products. At present, Toshiba is shipping NAND, based on a 43nm process.

Toshiba will start mass production of 32-Gbit NAND flash memories in July 2009, two months ahead of its original plan. 16Gbit products will start to ship from Q3 09, which goes from October to December 2009.

The new chips will be produced at Toshiba's Yokkaichi Operations, in Mie prefecture, Japan.

Seeking to take the technology lead in NAND flash, SanDisk Corp. disclosed that it will roll out 32nm devices in January. SanDisk's partner is Toshiba.

Looking to cut costs, Toshiba has unveiled a temporary leave program and said that it will not boost its NAND flash production despite an upturn in pricing.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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