Toshiba today announced that the company has commercialized a new series of embedded NAND Flash memory devices which is compliant to eMMC, that achieve the industry's largest capacity.
The new 16 gigabyte (GB) devices are designed for application in mobile consumer products, such as mobile phones and video cameras. Samples will be available in the second quarter of this year and mass production will start in the forth quarter. Ahead of that, Toshiba will start shipping 8GB samples from this month, and start mass production in the third quarter.
The chip combines eight 2GB NAND chips fabricated with Toshiba's 56nm process technology, along with a controller chip, in a standard small size package. The new embedded memory will bring new capabilities to mobile consumer products while the integration of a dedicated controller reduces product development burdens on product manufacturers.
Toshiba will launch a series of embedded NAND Flash memories based on the new technology, ranging from 1GB to 16GB in capacity.
In order to minimize development requirements and allow for easier integration into system designs. Toshiba has released the LBA-NAND memory which incorporates basic control function for NAND application, and GB-NAND, a large capacity chip with SD interface.