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Toshiba Brings Error Correction to Chips, Unveils SLC NAND Flash Memory

Toshiba has announced that it has developed a new NAND flash memory chip which comes with error correcting code (ECC) and has produced 8 samples of the flash memory chip in 4GB and 8GB capacity.

The BENAND single level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory can be used in LCD TVs, digital cameras, robots and other industrial equipment including home gateways, cable boxes, vending machines and smart meters among other things.

"Toshiba's BENAND enables smooth migration to the latest SLC NAND process technologies," said Brian Kumagai, senior business development manager, NAND flash memory products for Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC).

"With its on-board ECC, BENAND provides rapid migration to higher density SLC NAND for long life-cycle applications such as industrial and OEM." he added.

Before the BENAND's development, error correction was conducted by the host processor but in the new memory chips, it won't be the case, which would result in enhanced performance and more secure operations.

The memory chip has been developed using the 32nm process and comes with 4 bits of error correction per 512 bytes. Toshiba is planning to begin full production of the new memory chips from March 2012.