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Toshiba launches 128GB flash chip

Toshiba launches 128GB flash chip

Toshiba's latest NAND flash chip offers 128GB of storage in a tiny chip just 1.5mm thick.

While 2.5" SSDs might be getting all the press at the moment - what with improvements in reliability, devices using the new SATA 6Gb/s bus, and enhanced performance - Toshiba has been quietly updating its embedded flash memory chips for use in mobile devices, and has made a breakthrough: the first 128GB chip.

Based on a 32nm manufacturing process, the new chip manages to store an impressive 128GB - the largest embedded flash storage chip to hit the market thus far - by stacking sixteen layers of 8GB NAND flash memory. Amazingly, despite the density of the memory layers, the chip is a mere 1.5mm thick - meaning it shouldn't add any depth to devices that want to make use of increased storage capacity.

According to Electronista, Toshiba hasn't yet named any customers for its new storage chips - but the company is known for having a good relationship with Apple, with Toshiba's storage chips often finding their way into iPhones and iPods. With Apple's current top-end iPad maxing out at 64GB, it's not hard to imagine the Cupertino-based company putting in a sizable order with Toshiba in order to secure a drop-in chip to increase its storage sizes.

The new chips will be available to system builders some time in September, although mass production isn't expected until later in the year. Obviously, it's going to take companies a while to figure out how to integrate Toshiba's new chip into their product lines - although with the device being pin-compatible with the company's previous products, hopefully we'll see smartphones and tablets equipped with 128GB flash storage soon.

Are you impressed with the data density of Toshiba's latest offering, or are you concerned that the company has yet to announce any performance data? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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deathtaker27 18th June 2010, 11:13 Quote
sweet, maybe a mobile phone with some decent storage space?
Margo Baggins 18th June 2010, 11:14 Quote
Thats rediculous! i bet they cost a fair amount though.
chrisb2e9 18th June 2010, 13:47 Quote
agreed with margo. The price on these, even without the markup that a company like apple will put on it. Will keep it out of the market for a while yet.
WildThing 18th June 2010, 15:01 Quote
Good, I'm still waiting for an MP3 player with this sort of capacity before I upgrade from my 30GB Creative Zen (which uses a standard hard disk).
Azayles 18th June 2010, 16:24 Quote
Two of these in a USB key please. Thanks!
Fizzban 18th June 2010, 17:02 Quote
Excellent. Once the price has dropped down to mainstream levels, this will be very handy.
MSHunter 20th June 2010, 03:30 Quote
more then a "cheep" SSD has :D
Elton 20th June 2010, 03:43 Quote
This will be brilliant when it comes to MP3s and Cellphones.

Ipod Touch 256GB here we come!
LightningPete 21st June 2010, 20:36 Quote
That explains the STUPID prices at apple.

No offence, but no matter the apple product, its just too expensive for what it does.
Does no one realise that in the U.K we have a new budget thats cutting everything. No one has the money these days for a 1st gen. ipod never mind the nappypad.
LightningPete 21st June 2010, 20:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fizzban
Excellent. Once the price has dropped down to mainstream levels, this will be very handy.

Thats halfpast never then.

We still get charged a fortune for products with 16gb, never mind 128gb.
B3CK 22nd June 2010, 05:41 Quote
I would love to have this embedded in a laptop, or slate. Offering quick boot times and no mechanical booting for multiple OS's would be picked up so easy. Push one button for web browsing and cloud computing, then let the OS load an image of a real OS for real work, and not even have a hard drive.. Well, I can dream.
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