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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

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  1. kakman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    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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