Feeds

Tosh intros small but SmartNAND chips

24nm and error correction

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Toshiba is replacing its current 32nm process flash chips with 24nm SmartNAND: flash with on-chip error correction.

The new chips will have faster controllers and deliver faster read and write speeds, although no numbers have been supplied. They will come in five capacity points, doubling up from 4GB to reach 64GB, and feature on-board ECC (error correction and control) logic. That will obviate the need for the host system to run ECC functions on its flash storage.

Toshiba SmartNAND

Toshiba reckons the new chips will be used for "consumer applications, including digital audio players, tablet PCs, information equipment, digital TVs, set-top boxes and other applications." We imagine that the chips will come in both single level cell and multi-level cell variants, optimised for performance and capacity respectively.

Smaller NAND process geometries deliver higher capacity flash dies but also reduce the chip's endurance, putting more emphasis on the controller functionality to combat this.

Intel and Micron have a 25nm process, which is used in Intel's 320 solid state drive. Samsung has a sub-30nm process but has not revealed the precise nanometre measurement.

Mass production of SmartNAND will start in the second and third quarters of this year. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.