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Articles tagged with: flash memory

MacBook Air Gets 19nm NAND Flash Upgrade

If you’re one of the billions of Apple fans, you’ll be happy to hear that the new MacBook Airs are getting Toshiba 19nm NAND Flash memory chips. The news was spilled recently when Asian components manufacturers had revealed the flash memory chips will come in the new MacBook Air.

Thanks to shrinking technologies, the new 19nm process would would offer data transfer speeds as fast as 400MB per second, using a Toggle DDR2.0 interface. Toshiba, having recently unveiled multi-level cell memory, are seen as pioneers in the industry.

IBM Announces Phase Change Memory- 100x More Efficient

IBM announced today a special breakthrough in computer memory tech that may lead to solid state drives being able to store as much as NAND flash technology but work at a speed of 100x faster than current clock speeds, and have a much longer lifespan.

The technology is based on phase-change memory chips that store two bits of data per cell, forgoing corruption problems (a previous setback in PCM technology).

Super Talent’s USB 3.0 Express RC8: A SSD In Disguise

Did you ever want to own a USB flash drive that could potentially achieve 270MB/s reads and 240MB/s writes? If you do, then it looks like Super Talent’s USB 3.0 Express RC8 could just be the device you’re looking for.

The flash drive is powered by the SandForce SSD processor which brings several features to the flash drive that is typically found only on first tier SSD products.

Sony Has Created Ultra-Fast Memory Stick

Sony Europe has just announced a new high speed flash memory stick called the PRO-HG Duo HX. Sony claims that this new memory stick is capable of reading data transfer speeds of up to 50MB/s, making it 1.6x faster than current memory stick modules and faster than any commercially available UHS-I SD card.

We will also see higher capacities later this month, ranging from 8GB to 32GB models and priced similarly to current memory stick modules. The higher performance is due in part to Sony’s new HX Engine flash memory controller that the company has been working on.

First Phase-Change Memory Cellphone

Samsung has just released the first Phase-Change memory smartphone on the mobile market. The coolest part is that it is an entry level model and it’s called the Samsung Monte GT-E2550. You can currently order the phone on Amazon’s UK website for just 40 pounds. A company called Chipworks that specializes in reverse engineering and semiconductor patents released a careful analysis of the phone.

If you’re unfamiliar with phase-change memory, it’s basically a special storage technology that combines the advantages of RAM with the non volatile aspects of flash memory. Last year, a 512Mbit manufactured version of the chip with a 65nm size was part of a multi-chip package last April.