Intel And Micron Announces 32Gb Flash Chip Made Using 34nm Technology

Submitted by lalit on August 11, 2009 - 10:09pm.

Intel and Micron today announced the development of a new 3-bit-per-cell (3bpc) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND technology, leveraging 34-nanometer (nm) process technology. Using the new 3bpc technology Micron has produced industry’s smallest and most cost effective 32-gigabit (Gb) NAND flash chip. The 32Gb NAND chip is just 126 square millimeters in size.

“The move to 3bpc is yet another proof point to the remarkable progress Intel and Micron have made in 34-nm NAND development,” said Randy Wilhelm, Intel vice president and general manager, Intel NAND Solutions Group. “This milestone sets the stage for continued silicon leadership on 2xnm process that will help decrease costs and increase the capabilities of our NAND solutions for our customers.”

The new chips are aimed at consumer storage devices such as flash cards and USB drives, as 3bpc multi-level cell NAND technology is yet not as reliable as single level cell technology. Micron is currently sampling the new NAND chip and will start mass production in fourth quarter this year.