IM Flash Technologies is a joint venture between Intel and Micron which produces NAND flash memory. With a focus on research and development, IMFT has doubled NAND density approximately every 18 months. In 2006, they started production with a 50nm process, then moved to a 40nm process in 2008. This inevitably leads to smaller, more affordable products featuring higher capacities, much like we have witnessed in the SSD market and among USB drives the past couple of years. February 1, 2010 marks the official announcement of 25 nanometer NAND technology--a major advancement for the company. Intel and Micron now lay claim to the smallest production ready semiconductor process technology in the industry. Here's the scoop... Intel and Micron Unveil 25nm NAND Flash
Awesome, this means cheaper and bigger SSDs! We should be seeing 600GB by the end of this year. Looks like Intel and Micron are about a year ahead of the competition.
So I wonder if this was the wafer Matt was holding in the other pic.
when those SSDs come out i'll be sure to buy one ;)
Maybe it was what matt was holding...
I can't wait to have a SSD in my machine. The Speed oh the Speed will be nice. It will be nice when 250Gb SSD are around 200 bucks, that will mean fast boot drive plus room for plenty of software. Get 2 of them in RAID 0 oh the insanity!
I want 4-500GB SSD's in Raid in each computer. AND,.....I want to be able to afford it too!
On a side note: We used to have to wear those white suits when we worked inside of the Space Shuttles when we built them.
We dubbed them "Bunny Suits".
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I think the affording part will be the hardest to meet neil.
Although seeing this technology move fast is very nice. The only thing that makes this scary is Intel has already said 22nm was the smallest they could see nand getting and still being reliable. This may have changed, but thats what they said not to long ago.
great news for those wanting bigger and (eventually) cheaper SSDs as well as other non-volatile memory storage (USB flash & other memory card type). this will also lead to possibly the use of 3D fabrication that IBM invented a year or two ago (tho Intel would probably rather not use IBM's method if they can help it) to go beyond the 20nm mode.
Also this should let Micron get back in the game, they seem to have been falling behind Hynix and Samsung lately. The article has nice shots of their fab, most places won't allow cameras into the production areas. I remember it was like that at the couple of fab plants that I've been to/in.
Yes I see this technology pretty soon becoming the default for a first drive and of course a giant 2Gig sata3 drive being the storage drive. The reduction in pricing I see as very valid for this, whereas the size not as much.
I am very glad to hear this, speed is not necessarily a whole software library needed thing. This is in regards to the largest amount of storage, such as songs and movies. They work fine on huge sata drives and will do so even better on sata3 but are not needed for that media. SSD in my opinion benefits large all inclusive (OS and its virtual schemes), and games that require fast information movement, as well as file copying transfer etc. SO a cheaper 100GB sata 3 SSD drive is perfect for an OS and 2 60GB in raid 0 or 3 in raid 5 is even better, with a 2TB media hardware sata3 drive or 2. Get to dropping prices.
I agree bighorse I would love a couple 60's or higher in raid 0 on the fastest speed I can get for an OS program drive!
I agree I would love a couple 60's or higher in raid 0 on the fastest speed I can get for an OS program drive!
smaller memory ssd and cpu's seem to be rolling in, don't they I have a feeling 2010 will be even faster than 2009 or maybe even 2007
Well you must admit this is some amazing stuff indeed!
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Very interesting the smaller it gets the more portable as well. Think about a small SSD drive you carry with you with a USB 3 or external SATA cable. You could carry your desktop with you anywhere and just plug it into a high speed interface on any computer. Instead of logging into a desktop remotely you just have it with you for interfacing with anything.
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