Later this month SanDisk and Toshiba will launch the first 56nm multi-level cell flash memory chips:
The SanDisk-Toshiba duo were originally supposed to roll out 52-nm NAND devices, but the company scaled back its technical targets, and instead, devised 56-nm parts, due to the complexities of the technology.
By this spring, however, SanDisk intends to ship the highest available density of single-chip MLC NAND flash memory in the market, based on a 56-nm process, according to the company. SanDisk sells flash storage cards, based on the technology.
After qualifying limited engineering samples, SanDisk plans to introduce the new 8-gigabit single-chip, MLC NAND flash memory on 56-nm process technology in the coming weeks, with commercial shipments slated for later in the first quarter.