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SanDisk claims smallest ever 128-gigabit flash chip

updated 10:25 am EST, Wed February 22, 2012

SanDisk 128Gb chip sets size record

SanDisk's NAND flash lineup may have set a record Wednesday after the company claimed to have the world's smallest 128-gigabit (16GB) memory chip. The 19 nanometer, three-bit-per-cell storage has a footprint of about 170mm square (0.26in square), or less than that of a penny. It's also relatively quick for its capacity and size at 144Mbps (18MB) per second.

Chips built on the newer storage were considered ideal for smartphones, tablets, and solid-state drives for computers. Many such chips can be stacked on top of each other or side-by-side and give more reasonable capacities without having a physically larger device than they do now.

SanDisk has just recently started making 128Gb flash in large quantities on a basic level, although it has yet to say how quickly it expects the shrunken-down design to reach the market. Other companies have 128Gb chips in development, but these have been larger and usually haven't reached into mainstream devices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. kakman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Chip size

    Not to be picky, but if the new chip measures 170mm it ain't fitting in no phone - 170mm is about 7 inches :) Pretty sure you mean 17mm - a little over half an inch.

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