Samsung unveiled a 64 gigabytes (GB) embedded multimedia card(eMMC) based on 10 nanometer (nm)process technology (see below). Earlier in August Samsung started "volume production of 128-gigabyte (GB) embedded NAND for next-generation smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, the company said Wednesday (Sept. 19). Samsung began production of the 128-GB embedded multimedia card (eMMC) Pro Class 1500 NAND in late August"
While the announcement of 10nm flash NAND is an important step, this is just an initial step in ramping up the process in the 1xx nm process. We should keep in mind that definition of 10nm class process is a bit loose. It probably just means that it uses a process in the 1x-nanometer class
Monday 19th November 2012
Samsung Electronics has unveiled a next-generation 64GB embedded multimedia card (eMMC) using 10 nanometre (nm)-class (10 - 19nm) process technology.
The new 64Gb NAND memory being used in the next-generation eMMC went into production late last month.
Myungho Kim, vice president of Memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics notes, “The new high-speed, small form factor eMMC reinforces Samsung’s technology leadership in storage memory solutions. We look forward to expanding our line-up of embedded memory solutions in conjunction with the new chip’s design, in pursuing a system-level adoption of application processors and other key components that form the foundation for the most advanced mobile platforms. This will allow us to better attend to time-to-market demands enabling the design of more convenient features for next-generation mobile applications.”
Embedded memory is the key memory component in popular mobile applications such as smartphones and tablets. Advanced high-performance, high-density eMMCs allow users to access high-density and high-resolution content such as full HD video on their latest mobile devices and provide a better user experience for web browsing, gaming and running rich applications.
Samsung is applying 64Gb high-performance NAND memory using its 10nm-class technology to the new 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 memory solution. The new embedded memory solution exceeds the performance levels of the conventional 64GB eMMC Pro Class 1500 based on an eMMC 4.5 interface.
The new high-speed eMMC will be submitted next year to the industry standards body JEDEC, (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) for adoption as an industry standard.
Samsung’s next-generation 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 comes just five months after the company introduced its first embedded memory supporting the eMMC4.5 interface and delivers a 30 percent advantage in performance over that solution.
The 10nm-class technology based NAND also is process compatible to Samsung’s advanced 20nm-class (20-29nm) 64Gb MLC NAND, which was first available last May, improving manufacturing productivity by 30 percent.
The new memory solution has a random write speed of 2,000 IOPS (input/output per second) and a random read speed of 5,000 IOPS. In addition, sequential read and write speeds are 260 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 50MB/s respectively, which is up to 10 times faster than a class 10 external memory card that reads at 24MB/s and writes at 12MB/s, greatly enhancing the smoothness of multitasking on mobile gadgets.
Current mobile applications show a distinctive trend to slimmer designs and larger display screens, while using advanced multi-core processors and high density (2 Gigabyte) LPDDR2 memory for higher performance, with larger batteries for longer usage on a single charge. This new chip accommodates the increasing size limitations of mobile form factors at the component level.
The 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 measures 11.5mm by 13mm, which represents a 20 percent reduction in size over the conventional embedded memory form factor (12mm by 16mm).
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