Intel Announces 20nm NAND Memory, Fits a Terabit on a Finger Tip

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 06 December 2011 17:09

IMFT NAND Flash MemoryIntel and its partner Micron have announced that their joint company, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), has developed technology that can fit a terabit of information in a chip that will fit on your finger tip. This chip marks the world's first 20nm, 128 gigabit, MLC chip. A new planar structure is what allows this chip to be so amazing. This allows for more aggressive cell scaling, which brings performance and reliability up to snuff with the current generation of flash memory.

Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, said, "It is gratifying to see the continued NAND leadership from the Intel-Micron joint development with yet more firsts as our manufacturing teams deliver these high-density, low-cost, compute-quality 20nm NAND devices. Through the utilization of planar cell structure and Hi-K/Metal gate stack, IMFT continues to advance the technological capabilities of our NAND flash memory solutions to enable exciting new products, services and form factors."

Also announced was the beginning of production for Intel's 64 gigabit 20nm flash memory, which will help move Intel into fabricating the 128Gb 20nm NAND. While production of the 128Gb NAND will begin in the first half of 2012, samples will be available in January. You can read the press release here.