Components manufacturer Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has announced that it has started producing new NAND flash chips based on 24nm architecture.
According to the company, the next generation SmartNAND chip will come with a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC), thereby relieving the host processor of this burden. The SmartNAND chips will be available in the densities from 4 to 64 gigabytes.
Toshiba said that the 24nm chips could be used in a number of devices including portable media players, tablet PCs, digital TVs, set-top-boxes and other high-density devices. The company said that the new NAND chips will replace its current 32nm generation chips.
Toshiba says that the SmartNAND chips will be available from mid-April with mass production beginning in the second quarter, between April and June.
“By enabling the system designer to directly manage the NAND using a standard or custom host NAND controller, while leaving the function of error correction within the NAND package, SmartNAND results in faster time to market, access to leading geometries and potentially lowers design costs when compared to conventional NAND flash implementations with external ECC.” Scott Nelson, vice president of Memory Business Unit for Toshiba America Electronic Components, said in a statement.