LONDON Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started shipping 32-Gigabyte moviNAND, which the Korean group says is the highest density embedded memory card being made that uses chips made with a 30-nm process.
The card which incorporates eight 30-nm-class 32Gb NAND chips, a multimedia card (MMC) controller and firmware is said to double the density of the previous generation of moviNAND based on 16Gbit 40-nm NAND chips.
The company's 30-nm-class moviNAND is also available in 16GB, 8GB and 4GB densities.
Though based on proprietary technology, Samsung says the moviNAND based cards "observe the embedded MMC (eMMC) standard, and uses a high-speed interface that was jointly developed by JEDEC and MMCA (MultiMediaCard Association)."
The most recent specification (eMMC v4.3) includes a power-on boot feature that shortens boot-up time and a sleep command to reduce power consumption.
Quoting recent figures from market research group iSuppli, Samsung suggests the shipments of NAND flash used in 32GB and higher memory cards is expected to grow eight-fold from 120 million 16Gb equivalent units, accounting for 13 percent of global memory card shipments in 2009, to 950 million units - or 72 percent of the total cards shipped - by 2013.
According to Jim Elliott, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Inc "the unquenchable consumer thirst for possessing large amounts of data is now embracing video in a big way, which in turn means rapidly escalating demand for higher density storage."
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