Tuesday, January 10th 2012

SanDisk's iNAND Ultra embedded flash memory moving to 19 nm production

SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that the iNAND Ultra line of products will be the first of its embedded flash memory products to move to 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology, the industry's most advanced chip making process.


Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging Enables Slim, Powerful Mobile Devices

Shrinking the size of electronic circuitry allows equipment makers to develop products with larger storage capacities, providing consumers the ability to enjoy more content on smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. A nanometer measures one-billionth of a meter, meaning that 19 nm circuit lines are so small that about 3,000 of them could fit across the width of a human hair.

iNAND Ultra solutions are used by leading mobile device makers around the world. The e.MMC (standards-based embedded mobile interface) devices built on SanDisk's 19 nm technology will use the company's two-bit per cell technology - SanDisk's tenth generation of multi-level cell products. Sleeker, slim form factor product designs are also enabled by SanDisk's innovative packaging technology that provides up to 64 GB of storage capacity in a package just 11.5 mm x 13 mm in size. Advanced packaging techniques allow SanDisk to offer certain capacities in packages as thin as 1 mm.

"The iNAND Ultra products will be the first of our three iNAND embedded flash memory families to migrate to leading-edge 19 nm process technology in 2012," said Amir Lehr, vice president, Embedded Memory Business. "SanDisk's advanced manufacturing and packaging expertise allows us to support increased storage capacities and smaller device footprint requirements to meet the growing demand for sleeker, more feature rich mobile devices."

Fast Performance and Tight Host Integration Deliver Improved User Experience

iNAND Ultra products are optimized for current and future generations of leading mobile operating systems such as Google Android and Windows Mobile. This hardware optimization for key operating systems combined with outstanding random performance characteristics help provide consumers with mobile devices that are highly responsive and deliver outstanding browsing and multitasking performance.

The new products feature up to 20 megabyte per second (MB/sec) sequential write and up to 80 MB/sec sequential read performance for faster file transfers. In addition, SanDisk works closely with major OEMs and chipset vendors to ensure the tight integration required between the host device and embedded flash memory. This helps ensure the best possible mobile user experience and has resulted in SanDisk embedded memory technology being incorporated into leading mobile reference designs.

Segmented Product Portfolio Meets the Needs of All Mobile Devices

As smaller, more powerful mobile devices have proliferated throughout the consumer electronics market, the use of flash memory has expanded from mobile phones and tablets to enable new products and new usage models. The SanDisk iNAND product family includes an embedded storage solution for every performance segment and capacity point in the mobile market. The SanDisk iNAND family includes iNAND, iNAND Ultra and iNAND Extreme products.

SanDisk's iNAND Ultra products will initially be available in 8 GB to 64 GB capacities with samples expected to be available to customers in the first quarter of 2012. Volume production is expected in the second quarter.
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