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Samsung Produces 20nm MLC NAND Memory: Bigger SD Cards On The Way

Samsung Produces 20nm MLC NAND Memory: Bigger SD Cards On The Way

Hard drive capacities keep getting larger, processors keep getting faster, and memory process  keep getting smaller. These are all facts of life in the consumer electronics industry, and while talking about nanometers doesn't interest the average consumer, telling them that next month's memory cards will be bigger and cheaper just might get them to stop and listen.

Samsung has been on a rampage of late, pressing to get process technology sizes smaller and smaller in order to cram more memory onto form factors that we already rely on. Basically, 32nm memory can only squeeze so much onto a Secure Digital card; make that memory at 20nm, and suddenly you can fit more onto the same size card. We're simplifying things, but that's the gist of it. Today, Samsung Electronics announced that they have accomplished the industry's first production of 20nm-class NAND chips for use in SD memory cards and other embedded memory solutions. Based on this breakthrough, the introduction of 32 gigabit MLC NAND will expand the company’s memory card solutions for smartphones, high-end IT applications and high-performance memory cards.

Samsung’s 20nm-class MLC NAND has a 50 percent higher productivity level than 30nm-class MLC NAND. The write performance of a 20nm-class-based, eight gigabyte (GB) and higher density, SD card is 30 percent faster than the 30nm-class NAND and it delivers a speed-class rating of 10 (read speed of 20MB/s, write speed of 10MB/s). By applying cutting-edge process, design and controller technology, Samsung also has secured reliability levels comparable to 30nm-class NAND. Currently, Samsung is shipping SD card samples to customers that are built using the new 20nm processor, and production should expand (and begin to reach retail) later in 2010. Memory cards based on 20nm technology will be made available from 4GB to 64GB, but we are still waiting to hear about pricing and form factors (microSD, mini-SD, SDXC, etc.).



Samsung Producing Industry’s First Higher-performing 20nm-class NAND Flash Memory

SEOUL, Korea, April 19, 2010 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced the industry’s first production of 20 nanometer (nm) class NAND chips for use in Secure Digital (SD) memory cards and embedded memory solutions. Based on this cutting-edge technology, the introduction of 32 gigabit (Gb) MLC NAND will expand the company’s memory card solutions for smartphones, high-end IT applications and high-performance memory cards.

Mr. Soo-In Cho, president, Memory Division, Samsung Electronics, said "In just one year after initiating 30nm-class NAND production, Samsung has made available the next generation node 20nm-class NAND, which exceeds most customers requirements for high-performance, high-density NAND-based solutions." He added, “The new 20nm-class NAND is not only a significant step forward in process design, but we have incorporated advanced technologies into it to enable substantial performance innovation.”

Samsung’s 20nm-class MLC NAND has a 50 percent higher productivity level than 30nm-class MLC NAND. The write performance of a 20nm-class-based, eight gigabyte (GB) and higher density, SD card is 30 percent faster than the 30nm-class NAND and it delivers a speed-class rating of 10 (read speed of 20MB/s, write speed of 10MB/s). By applying cutting-edge process, design and controller technology, Samsung also has secured reliability levels comparable to 30nm-class NAND.

Samsung Electronics first began producing 32Gb NAND with 30nm-class process technology in March 2009. Now it is shipping SD card samples to customers, that are built with 20nm-class 32Gb NAND, and will expand production later this year.

Memory cards based in the 20nm-class will be available from 4GB through 64GB densities

Samsung’s timely introduction of its high-performance premium NAND will better support the growing memory requirements of high-density smartphones, high-end IT applications and high-performance memory cards.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.


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That is pretty neat, To bad it is Samsung:(

I feel the next two years is going to be really interesting when it comes to the leaps and bound that processor technology is going to take. I am not to sure about the need to have this implemented into SD cards. I am more interested to see this develop across the RAM market. If we can get 12GB Dimm memory then that would be an interesting leap, instead of moving forward with only DDR2 to DDR3 to DDR5 etc...

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That is true but there are actually only actually a very small number of actually memory makers out there. There are a lot of re-branders which includes most memory makers commonly known in the market. Samsung is one of the few of which everyone else buys there memory and uses it to make there own memory sticks or SSD drives with.

So when one of the largest players "Samsung" does something like this it can remake at the least a part of any component field, at least to a significant aspect. This is because when one of the truly big players does it other license the technology, and use it or try to make there own exact match through the existing components study.

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I agree with rapid1 there are not many manufacturers out in the market. From what I know Samsung is the leader and has been for many many years.

BTW Hynix is another flash memory maker who is good at what they do, I do not know how big they are but I know they make quality memory of all types.

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Good deal. I hope it brings prices down. I like 8GB cards for my cameras. They hold lots of pictures and not so many that if I lose one of them, I lose too many shots.

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