First 50nm NAND flash samples roll out
Through their joint venture IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), Intel and
what they claim to be the industry's first samples of NAND
flash memory built on 50nm process technology. The samples currently
being tested weigh in at 4Gb, or 500MB.
Mass-production will follow in 2007 and be
sourced from Micron's Boise, Idaho-based fabs as well as a new facility
in Manassas, Virginia. The NAND flash market may as much as double
between 2006 and 2010, the two companies say, and IMFT has been
"aggressively ramping its manufacturing facilities" as a result.
IMFT's growth in the NAND sector comes just three and a half months
after Intel announced that it would streamline its NOR flash group. NAND is
commonly used for mass storage in devices like MP3 players and flash
memory cards due to its fast write speed and low cost. NOR, meanwhile,
has faster read speeds and is typically used to store firmware and
executable code in devices like cell phones.