You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but Toshiba proved you can bake new tricks into old technology. The company this week beefed up its NAND flash portfolio with SmartNAND, its next generation 24nm NAND flash technology. What makes SmartNAND different from previous NAND products is that it comes with a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC), removing the burden of ECC from the host processor while minimizing protocol changes, Toshiba says.
"Toshiba's new SmartNAND will provide our customers a smoother design experience into 24nm generation and beyond," noted Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba. "By enabling the system designer to directly manage NAND using a standard or custom host NAND controller, while leaving the function of error correction within the NAND package, SmartNAND results in faster time to market, access to leading geometries, and potentially lowers design costs when compared to conventional NAND flash implementations with external ECC."
SmartNAND can be used in a wide range of productions, including portable media players, tablet PCs, digital TVs, set-top boxes, and other devices that require high-density, non-volatile memory. It serves as a replacement for current 32nm generation parts and offers up faster read and write speeds, Toshiba says.