updated 11:05 am EDT, Mon April 30, 2007
Samsung 16Gb Flash Ships
Samsung on Monday began shipping the world's first ever 16 gigabit flash memory. Originally sampled in March, the new memory is built on a 51 nanometer process that shrinks the storage enough to allow 16 gigabytes on a typical memory card. The shortened traces combined with processing data in larger chunks also greatly speeds up transfers compared to earlier large-capacity flash, according to Samsung's estimates. Where today's flash reads at 17MB per second and writes at 4.4MB, the new technology nearly doubles that claim to 30MB/sec reads and 8MB/sec writes.
Though no partners have been announced, the shipment has ramifications for the near future of portable media players, music phones, and higher-end digtital cameras that may use as much as the full 16GB. Notably, however, Apple has reportedly ordered a large amount of memory from Samsung and other suppliers for future iPhone and iPod devices to be released in the second half of the year.