Samsung making bigger, faster flash memory chip

New 2Gb chips likely to increase competition in the already highly competitive flash market

Samsung Electronics has started mass producing flash memory chips that hold more data and work at higher speeds than competing chips, it said on Sunday.

The new chips, each of which can hold 2G bytes of data, will likely increase competition in the already highly competitive flash market and maintain the pressure that has caused chip prices to fall by more than half in the last year.

Flash memory has the ability to retain its contents even when power is disconnected and so it's used in a wide range of consumer electronics devices like music players and cameras for data storage.

Samsung's current highest capacity chip can hold 1G byte of data. It's also being made on a more advanced production line, which is capable of producing features as small as 51 nanometers rather than the 60-nanometer line being used for on the current chips. The result is an 80 percent increase in speed.

The read speed has been increased from 17M Bps (bytes per second) to 30M Bps for high capacity cards and the write speed is almost doubled from 4.4M Bps to 8M Bps, said Samsung.

Samsung is one of the world's largest manufacturers of flash memory chips.

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Martyn Williams

IDG News Service

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