Toshiba Goes Up Against Samsung & Intel For World Smallest Flash Memory
Toshiba is currently behind Samsung in production of NAND flash memory chips that are used in devices like smartphones and tablets, but the company aims to push to the top of the pile with its latest mass-production operation.
“We are aiming at the leading share in the world market by expanding this facility according to market conditions,” said President Norio Sasaki, as quoted in The Nikkei.
Toshiba released updated ‘SmartNAND’ flash memory chips of up to 64GB back in mid-April based on a 24 nanometre (nm) architecture, though announced even smaller 19nm chips soon after – the smallest of their kind. This came just after Intel and Micron announced 20nm process technology.
While the new manufacturing facility is set to produce the 24nm variety, Toshiba will switch to the tiny 19nm variety by the end of this July.
The new facility has been prepped for unexpected power outages that have stunted production of electronic components in Japan in the past, slowing down the production of electronic goods.