Intel prepares and SSDs with 20nm NAND chips
According to sources within the industry, intel is already preparing its solid state drives (SSD) next generation, which come under the codename debut Sierra Star and a manufacturing process to 20nm, innovative technology that so far has not been seen in any product intended for general consumers, reaching the windows during the second half of 2013.
It is noteworthy that the company is ahead with 20nm for nand flash memories, since they know the problems that this process has compared, for example, to 30nm, where the number of cycles of write/erase data reaches 35,000, while the 25nm chips are reached only 3,000 cycles, which leaves us wondering what’s left for 20nm?
Surely Intel has found a solution to this problem, which significantly shortens the life expectancy of the SSD, and it is certainly a vital issue when releasing a product for general consumers. But successfully achieved, the company shall have a manufacturing process that allows higher density NAND chips (larger capacity units), together with a reduction in the cost of producing them, which could translate into cheaper devices for all of us.
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