Intel announced today that Intel-Micron Flash Technologies are in mass production of their breakthrough 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory and Intel is shipping in volume to customers. Announced in February, IMFT was the first to sample, and now to ship in production, 25nm NAND using the world’s smallest, most advanced manufacturing process technology. The 8 gigabyte (GB) 25nm NAND flash memory chip measures just 167mm2 and can hold up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos or 8 hours of video. NAND Flash memory is used in USB memory keys and SD cards for data storage in digital camcorders and cameras, as well as in smart phones, personal music players and solid-state drives.
This announcement comes as welcome news for enthusiasts, as it means that products will be hitting the store shelves soon. No figures have been released yet, but it’s likely that 25nm NAND will mean lower prices, higher capacities, and possibly greater performance. Stay tuned to HWC for more news as it becomes available.