] Samsung Electronics
announced on June 15 that it has begun mass production of 64-layer, 256-Gigabit V-NAND flash memory chips and will apply the cutting-edge chips to the company’s whole lineup of storage solutions for servers, PCs and mobile applications.
Samsung had been producing the latest V-NAND chips for a limited number of customers since January, but the company had not made it public in order to gauge real demand accurately and first secure its production capacity.
To gain a competitive edge in the memory market, Samsung intends to expand production of the fourth-generation V-NAND chips to above 50 percent of its monthly NAND production by the end of the year, the company said.
The South Korean tech titan is set to start operating a newly built semiconductor plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, in late June, and the plant is highly expected to be a production hub for the 64-layer V-NAND chips, according to industry sources.
The Samsung 64-layer 3-bit 256 Gb V-NAND features a data transfer speed of 1 gigabits per second, which is the fastest among currently available NAND flash memory. The new 64-layer V-NAND provides more than a 30 percent productivity gain compared to the 48-layer 256Gb V-NAND that preceded it.
“We will keep developing next-generation V-NAND products in sync with the global IT industry so that we can contribute to the timeliest launches of new systems and services, in bringing a higher level of satisfaction to consumers,” said Kye Hyun-kyung, executive vice president of the flash product and technology team at Samsung Electronics.
By Song Su-hyun/The Korea Herald (firstname.lastname@example.org