And the next stepping stone on the way to uber-cheap solid-state drives has been laid. SanDisk says it has begun shipping 128Gb multi-level-cell NAND flash chips fabbed using a 19-nm process. Shipments kicked off last year, and the company says it's "already started to ramp into high volume production."
The chips are made up of a single silicon die with a 170 mm² surface area—that's about 60% of the size of a penny. SanDisk claims the chips are the "smallest . . . currently in production" with that capacity. Three-bit-per-cell technology has been used to maximize data density, as well. (Of course, increasing the number of bits per cell typically decreases their write/erase endurance, a detail SanDisk conveniently omits from its announcement.)
Beside their high data density, these chips are also rather fast. SanDisk quotes write performance of 18MB/s per die. For reference, the 32Gb NAND dies inside Samsung's 830 Series solid-state drives (which are the fastest SATA SSDs we've tested) top out at 133 Mbps, or just shy of 17MB/s. Double the die capacity with ~8% faster performance sounds pretty good to me.
|1. Hdfisise - $600||2. Ryszard - $503||3. Andrew Lauritzen - $502|
|4. the - $306||5. SomeOtherGeek - $300||6. Ryu Connor - $250|
|7. doubtful500 - $200||8. Anonymous Gerbil - $150||9. webkido13 - $135|
|10. cygnus1 - $126|
|Nvidia recalls Shield Tablet due to battery fire risk||37|
|Friday Night Shortbread||94|
|Mozilla CEO protests Win10's default application setup process||128|
|Deals of the week: Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB for $310 and more||52|
|Report: new Google Glass is a clip-on model for businesses||15|
|14 million have upgraded to Windows 10 in its first 24 hours||92|
|EVGA X99 Micro 2 mobo offers USB-C in a microATX package||13|
|The Tech Report Podcast is live on Twitch||6|