Intel, Micron and IMFT announce world’s first 25-nm NAND technology

February 2, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The NAND flash production scene has received a shot in the arm with Intel Corporation and Micron Technology making it public that the world’s first 25-nanometer (nm) NAND technology is now on stream. Significantly enough, the 25nm process is the smallest NAND technology as well as the smallest semiconductor technology in the world

Dubbed as the technology that would effectively provide added more cost-effective mechanisms to push up storage capacity in smartphones, personal music and media players, and also high-performance class of solid-state drives (SSDs), the 25 nm NAND flash memory would help store data and other media contained in consumer electronics products. Significantly, it would also retain information even when the power is turned off.

A joint venture between IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), Intel and Micron, the new 25nm process produces 8 gigabytes (GB) of storage in a single NAND device, creating a high-capacity storage solution for today’s tiny consumer gadgets. Just 167mm2 in size, it fits easily into slot in the middle of a compact disc but boasts of more than 10 times the data capacity of a CD .

Intel and Micron have jointly declared that the efforts aimed at making real the smaller NAND processes would make possible continued development of the technology.

This path breaking technological milestone is expected to push forward capabilities of music, video, and other data in today’s consumer electronics and computing applications, it has been pointed out.

(Via Intel)

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