Folks that have been waiting for 32nm NAND flash production to pick up might be in for a disappointment. DailyTech is reporting that Samsung's 32nm NAND chips are problematic and too slow for use in SSDs. The site has talked with half a dozen players in the SSD market who use Samsung's flash chips, and all of them noted significant write speed issues with Sammy's parts.
Samsung's chips have performed so poorly in fact, that SSD manufacturers are unable to use them and are relying on other flash makers like IM Flash Tech and Toshiba for supply. "Of course every transition to a new process has its problems," said an anonymous source. "We just weren't expecting it to be this slow." Toshiba's 32nm NAND faced similar setbacks, but most of the kinks have been worked out, and those chips will be used in drives like OCZ's Agility Series.
Samsung is working to resolve the issues, and is still trying to move its troubled chips in the embedded scene. The company needs to get its act together if it plans to capitalize on the hot market. With Intel's new CPU lineup, cheap DDR3, DirectX 11 GPUs, and Windows 7 all available this holiday season, people will surely want to pick up an SSD to complete the package.