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South Korean giant fancies a wodge of NAND cache action

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Samsung is stalking PCIe flash companies and aims to meet them head-to-head. Yes, the South Korean giant is going to enter the PCIe flash card game.

According to Peyman Blumstengel, a strategic business development man at Samsung Electronics, the company has PCIe flash cards on its roadmap and products should appear in the second half of this year.

In passing he mentioned that chip-maker Samsung's priority for NAND memory at present is to service the mobile phone market.

He also said that Samsung has a focus on high-density DRAM in the 32GB to 64GB range with a lower power draw - a more than 50 per cent saving in fact.

He thinks such cards will be very attractive with Intel's Ivy Bridge processors and big data. And DDR4 memory will probably be generally available at the end of 2014.

Blumstengel also said that Samsung was fabricating 28nm process DRAM and moving to 25nm.

As far as post-NAND technologies are concerned, he thought that, generally, equipping a fab to produce ReRAM, PCM or whatever other new technology might be chosen could cost colossal sums like $10bn. No fab operator is going to spend that sort of money unless they are absolutely convinced the technology will be a winner and have a sure-fire market. ®

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