Micron Technology has announced two new enterprise NAND flash memory chips : a 16Gb single-level cell (SLC) NAND and a 32Gb multi-level (MLC) cell NAND, both produced on a 34nm die. NAND chips are commonplace in flash memory cards and electronic devices with built-in flash memory.
Micron reports that the two new chips can achieve up to 30,000 write cycles, a six-fold increase over present technology. Furthermore, the chips will support the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) 2.1 synchronous interface, which can deliver a 4x to 5x improvement in data transfer rates over legacy NAND interfaces. Improved throughput specifications and smaller size hold promise for expanding flash memory options for consumers.
Micron’s new NAND chips are currently being tested with customers and controller manufacturers. Volume production of the chips is expected to begin early in 2010 .
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