Toshiba has launched its next-generation 24-nanometer (nm) NAND flash product family, the SmartNAND. The SmartNAND series integrates leading-edge 24nm process NAND flash technology with a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC) and is available in densities ranging from 4 to 64 gigabyte (GB).
The other good news is the storage options on these SmartNAND chips goes up to 64GB with the 64GB model set to appear by August. However, as we all know from experience, Apple likes to be first to market with new components if it sees an advantage in using them.
Samples of the new SmartNAND family are available in mid-April and mass production will begin in the second quarter of CY2011 (April to June). Mass production of the 64GB version doesn’t begin until Q3 2011 which is in line with recent rumors that estimate the iPhone 5 will be released this fall.