Samsung Flash Memory Card with 32 GB Capacity
Samsung Electronics, one of world leaders in flash memory tech, recently pioneered a 16GB solid state drive for laptops and Tablet PCs. This was the world’s first Solid State Disk (SSD) based on NAND Flash memory technology. Now Samsung believe memory cards with up to 32 GByte capacity are just around the corner.
This isn’t just wishful thinking. The computer and electronics firm has developed a 16 GB NAND Flash memory chip, built in a 50 nm process. The innovative chip should enable the production of a Samsung flash memory card with up to 32 GB capacity.
A spokesman for Samsung had this to say:
– “…..The new 16 Gbit memory device should accelerate further expansion of the NAND flash market across mobile and portable digital applications as an alternative to mini-harddisk drives and even hard drives for laptops…..”
Will Samsung flash memory cards mean the end of traditional hard drives for laptops and notebooks? Well this new flash memory tech should use 95% less power than normal notebook drives, it will also be quieter, and emit less heat. Not only that but it should also significantly extend a notebook’s battery life.
However, with Seagate’s idea to introduce 2.5-inch drives with up to 160 GB capacity in the first quarter of 2006, the end of the traditional hard drive is a long way off yet.
By Todd Gold
Friday, September 16, 2005