Intel ships 25nm NAND flash memory chips

By on May 18, 2010, 7:07 PM
Intel announced today that it has begun shipping its 25nm NAND flash memory to manufacturers. The new chips were sampled earlier this year and will supplant Intel's less efficient 34nm parts, which can be found in products such as the second-generation X25-M solid-state drives. Intel's 25nm chips can hold up to 8GB of data or about 7,000 photos, 2,000 songs, or eight hours of video.

An 8GB 25nm NAND flash chips measure just 167mm˛, making it possible to squeeze even more memory into components all across the board – from USB drives and SD cards to smartphones and SSDs. For instance, a 256GB SSD can now be produced with only 32 of Intel's 25nm chips, compared to 64 previously. We'd expect that to lower prices a bit, but Intel hasn't released any figures.

With mass production underway, electronics with the new memory should hit store shelves before the year is up, if not shortly thereafter.

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Eddie_42 Eddie_42 said:

Thats pretty intense. Amazing how far tech has come in just a few years. I was so excited to buy a 1GB thumb drive when they were new, i even coughed up $50+ for it. Now you can have 8GB on a drive smaller then a finger nail.

Much like I laugh at my parents for thinking 8MB was a lot of computer power, Im sure my kid will laugh at me for being excited for a 8gb drive.

Guest said:

25nm is getting pretty tiny apparantly they can only go so small so eventually the memory gain for the size of the chip will one day slow down.

SilverCider said:

25 nm is getting very close to the limit. 25nm is roughly 250 times the diameter of a hydrogen atom, that sounds like a fair bit of room left, but we dont use hydrogen for memory chips do we

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