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6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Here's a heads-up on six things to expect at next week's Flash Memory Summit in Silicon Valley. The annual event has been growing in parallel with the rise of NAND flash chips that are plugging into an increasing variety of sockets in consumer and business systems.

1. Expect more details on vertical NAND. Samsung grabbed headlines last year when it unveiled the design of a 24-layer stacked 128 Gbit NAND chip. The chips are now shipping from Samsung. Others including SanDisk and Toshiba are jumping on the bandwagon of vertical NAND as the next big step in the flash roadmap.

The same Samsung execs who rolled out vertical NAND last year are back for a keynote next week. Expect incremental news about their work in the technology.

For the full story, see EBN sister site EE Times.

— Rick Merritt is the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of EE Times.

9 comments on “6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit

  1. FLYINGSCOT
    August 3, 2014

    Are you saying Samsung is cramming 128Gb data into a single chip? This is amazing density as I remember when a 20Mb disc drive took up most of your desktop.

  2. Ariella
    August 4, 2014

    @flyingscot well that's progress and an essential part of making very small functional devices.

  3. Daniel
    August 5, 2014

    “Samsung grabbed headlines last year when it unveiled the design of a 24-layer stacked 128 Gbit NAND chip. The chips are now shipping from Samsung. Others including SanDisk and Toshiba are jumping on the bandwagon of vertical NAND as the next big step in the flash roadmap.”

    Rick, would you think any announcent for 256/512 Gb from Samsung or other competitors like SanDisk, Seagate etc.

  4. Daniel
    August 5, 2014

    “Are you saying Samsung is cramming 128Gb data into a single chip? This is amazing density as I remember when a 20Mb disc drive took up most of your desktop.”

    Flyingscott, that and all old stories. Now most of the USB type pen drives are in 32&64 Gb range. Even Mobile phones have memory in this range (expandable) and Laptops have 500Gb to 1 Tera byte stoarge space.

  5. SP
    August 5, 2014

    Yes 128GB is quite common these days. Soon Terrabytes will take over. Now its so common to have a fash drive in your purse. Its also getting available in groceries stores just like batteries.

  6. Daniel
    August 6, 2014

    “Yes 128GB is quite common these days. Soon Terrabytes will take over. Now its so common to have a fash drive in your purse. Its also getting available in groceries stores just like batteries.”

    SP, now external passport type storage devices are coming in TB range.

  7. SunitaT
    August 13, 2014

    There are smaller versions of hard drives with USB 3.0 which ensures faster speeds. However the hard drive is still not protected from crashes. If companies could remove this deficiency as soon as possible, then maybe flash drives would soon see their terms ending.

  8. SunitaT
    August 13, 2014

    With the way the technology is supporting higher capacity silicon, I think there should be more supporting companies which influences chip markets, like phone companies. 

  9. Daniel
    August 14, 2014

    “With the way the technology is supporting higher capacity silicon, I think there should be more supporting companies which influences chip markets, like phone companies. “

    Tirlapur, but phone companies always limit their internal memory capacity with either 8/16 GB and if needed customer can expand it with external memory cards.

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