SanDisk readies 43-nanometer NAND Flash bash
Doubles density of its chips
SanDisk is ready to begin mass-production of commercial flash memory using 43 nanometer process technology. Its latest shrinkage of chip features can double the density per chip compared to the previous 56nm process.
Shipments will start in the second half of 2008 with multi-level 16 and 32 Gb configurations. They'll be producing the chips at Fab 4, the new wafer facility SanDisk and Toshiba recently opened together in Yokkaichi, Japan. Toshiba was also in on developing the new process as well.
More with the old stuff too
SanDisk is also employing standard 56nm technology for production of three-bit-per-cell (x3) NAND flash memory between March and April this year.
The 16 Gb x3 NAND flash crams about 20 per cent more die per wafer compared to standard NAND 2-bits-per-cell on the same technology mode. SanDisk said this means better manufacturing efficiency and lower die costs for the same capital investment.
Let's close our little eyes tight and wish that it translates to lower prices in the near future. ®
Bring it on...
I'll agree with everyone else, sooner we get high capacity flash chips (I'm talking 64-250-500gb) the better.
We can finally stop pouncing around with HD-DVD Blueray thingy , 3.5inch hard disks etc and put our entire movie/music collections (legally obtained of course) onto a little flash card to play on our portable media players - accept ipod users who will have to pay to convert everything via itunes drmware and wait 5 years for decent size overpriced product....
Hey, so long as this means the death of optical media once and for all - slow, crumbly and prone to motes of dust breaking the system - then I'm all for it. In fact, I skipped the brief DVD-crazy period altogether and got a 3.5" HDD-based media played some time ago; we've never owned a DVD player other than the one in the computer, and that's more than enough, thanks!
Cheap as chips
I can imagine five years from now flash memory devices will be falling out of corn flakes packets and any form of disk will be considered obsolete.
Flash has to be the way to go.
Hey, allow me to dream here dammit!