Samsung Elec Unveils World’s LargestCapacity V-NAND Chip and New SSD

https://korean-electronics.com//inquiryThe world’s largest memory chip maker Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its new Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory with the world’s biggest storage capacity of 1-Terabit (Tb) along with next-generation solid state drive (SSD) solutions.

At the Flash Memory Summit 2017 recently held at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center, Samsung Electronics presented its new 1-Tb V-NAND chip.

V-NAND is the flash memory technology used in data storage devices including mobile phones and digital cameras. The V-NAND in a stacked structure can provide higher single-die density than those with 2-dimensional (2D) cellarrays, and demand for it is growing rapidly along with rising applications of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT).

The company said in a statement that with the new 1-Tb V-NAND chip that boasts twice larger storage capacity than the existing 512-Gigabit (Gb) chip, it is possible to construct2-Terabyte (TB) memory in a single V-NAND package by stacking 16 1Tb dies.

Considering that 1 Tb is equal to 128 GB, and a typical two-hour-long HD movie takes up 1.5 to 2 GB of memory capacity, about 60 to 70 movies can be stored in a single V-NAND chip.

 

 

Samsung aims to introduce the world’s largest-capacity SSD applying 1-Tb V-NAND memory technology next year. At the summit, Samsung Electronics also presented its new SSD technology, dubbed Next Generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) SSD, which is expected to dramatically improve the memory storage capacity. With the new NGSFF SSD, four times larger memory storage capacity can be secured in the same server, so data centers and customers using the server can build more efficient system, according to Samsung, said Samsung. The company plans to begin mass producing it in the fourth quarter of this year.

An SSD is a storage device that can replace a hard disk drive (HDD). It uses high-speed memory semiconductors such as NAND flash memory or dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips for storage that ensure high processing speed, low heating and little noise.

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DRAM Prices Grow Rapidly

dpgr1Fixed prices of dynamic random access memory(DRAM) chips have grown at the most rapid pace this year.

Market research firm DRAMeXchange set a fixed price of DDR32 gigabits(Gb) 256Mx8 1333MHz chip at $1.28 in the fixed half(H1) of March this year, said sources in the semiconductor industry. The price jumped 18.52 percent from $1.08 in the H2 of February, and is the highest since $1.31of early August in 2011.

The DRAM price fell to a record-low $0.80 in late November last year, but swung to modest growth since late last year. The price growth accelerated since the beginning of this year.

DRAM prices are rising, backed by the industry’s forecast that semiconductor manufacturers are cutting production, which will lead to a shortage of supply. In other words, major DRAM makers including Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are reducing the production of DRAM for PCs, so PC manufacturers are stockpiling DRAM in case its supply runs low.

DRAM prices are rising, backed by the industry’s forecast that semiconductor manufacturers are cutting production, which will lead to a shortage of supply. In other words, major DRAM makers including Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are reducing the production of DRAM for PCs, so PC manufacturers are stockpiling DRAM in case its supply runs low.

Meanwhile, prices of NAND flash that are embedded in smartphones continued to rise. The fixed price of 64Gb 8Gx8 MLC jumped 6.80 percent to $5.34 from that of late February, and the fixed price of 32Gb 4Gx8MLC also rose 9.51 percent to $2.88.

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