Samsung's 64GB moviNAND And 32GB microSD Cards Expand Phone Storage

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News Posted: Wed, Jan 13 2010 2:31 AM
Bill Gates will never live down his quote about having enough memory tolast a lifetime, but more now than ever, we're realizing that storagecan never really be large enough. There's hardly a better place to lookfor proof of this than in the smartphone realm, where people arestoring heaps and heaps of files onto their phones, primarilymultimedia and software. Samsung knows this better than anyone, andtoday the company is announcing a pair of high-density memory solutionsfor the mobile phone.

A 64GB moviNAND and a 32GB microSD card are both being introduced, bothof which are designed primarily to enable more content to be loadedonto phones. Of course, these pale in comparison to the 2TB SDXC cardof the future, but these aren't bad for the here and now. Samsung’s new64GB moviNAND has been in mass production from December 2009, while the32GB microSD is now being sampled with OEMs, with mass productionexpected next month.


“Samsung’s high-density memory solutions bring the storage capacity levels of computing systems to small, mobile devices,” said Dong-Soo Jun, executive vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics.

He added, “The 64GB embedded memory, moviNAND, and the 32GB microSD card each greatly expand the data storage density of mobile devices, meeting customers’ memory requirements and ushering in a new era of mobile and IT device capacity growth.”

The memory solutions are based on Samsung’s advanced 32 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash. The 64GB moviNAND, which measures 1.4mm in height, consists of 16 30nm-class 32Gb MLC NAND chips and a controller. The 17-die stack was achieved by using 30-micron thick chips and advanced package technology. With the new 64GB solution, Samsung's proprietary embedded memory, moviNAND, is now available in 64GB, 32GB, 16GB, 8GB and 4GB densities.

The 32GB microSD card, developed this month, stacks eight 32Gb NAND components and a card controller. The industry’s highest capacity, production-ready microSD card is enabled by the use of Samsung’s advanced 30-nm class 32Gb NAND flash memory technology. Previously, the highest density microSD card in production had a 16GB capacity and was based on 40nm-class 16Gb NAND. The new 32GB card is 1mm-thick. The portion of the card that is inserted into a handset measures just 0.7 mm in height.

According to market research firm iSuppli, the global NAND flash memory market for 32GB and higher memory cards is forecast to be 530 million units in 2010 and reach 9.5 billion units by 2013 (in 16Gb equivalent units).


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kid007 replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 4:36 PM

that is a heck a lot of data store in those sd...

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jan 14 2010 2:05 PM

The size of these units both physically as well as in amount held is incredible really. You can carry 32GB in an object the size of a quarter. That is incredible really. Some of the other things seen at the conference expand on this (The mini SSD drives) as well, and they do it very well.

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Guess it is time to upgrade my 1GB MicroSD card.

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