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Toshiba and Sandisk build new fab for 16-17nm flash memory

Posted at 07 August 2013 17:51 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Toshiba and Sandisk announced plans to build a 16-17 nm NAND  memory chip manufacturing plant together. The companies are in a joint venture called Flash Forward that’s currently making 19 nm NAND chips found in SSDs of Corsair, Plextor, OWC, Mushkin and in SSDs of both brands themselves. Together they invest a whopping amount of $4 billion in factory in the Japanese city Yokkaichi.

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The companies recently announced they started producing second generation 19 nm toggle NAND that will likely find its way in drives to be released in the near future. Production of the 16-17 nm chips will start in the next fiscal year which means we won’t see drives using chips from this factory anytime soon.

All NAND manufacturers are currently looking for new ways of scaling NAND, so get more chips from the same wafer. This makes the chips cheaper but results in more technical challenges to overcome.

Yesterday we reported that Samsung has started mass production of 3D NAND and that another company is developing RRAM which should become a successor to NAND as we know it all. All companies are searching for ways to make NAND cheaper, more reliable and increase the performance of the chips. As Toshiba is developing multi-layer (3D) BiCS NAND,  it’s likely that this fab will produce this type of NAND, in order for Toshiba and Sandisk to remain competitive to e.g. Samsung with their 3D NAND technology.

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There are 2 comments

ChristineBCW
MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 07 Aug 13 19:56
    Yokkaichi is far to the south of leaking nuclear power plants, just south of Nagoya, on the Ise Bay.

    On a cold night in Nov, 1944, when the SHINANO was first torpedoed south of Shimoda, she continued on her original course for the Inland Sea but since the ship's construction was yet completed and she was hemorrhaging sea-water, the captain considered heading for Ise Bay, then discovered he'd never make the Kii Peninsula - the western edge of that bay.
    tmc8080
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 09 Aug 13 01:42
      in other news, Wolverine should never have rescued Yashida.

      Japan is a bad location for new chip factories. If you liked hard drive prices going through the roof, how about those flash memory prices which are usually sky high anyway for the new technology regardless of what they say about cheaper chips. The cost is only passed on after the billions it cost to build the facility & it's r&d costs are fully recouped do prices ease. The ratio when they are made in China is much more stabilized.

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