EE Times reports Intel and Micron are poised to regain the lead in the NAND process technology race in 2010. The site heard during a conference call on Tuesday that Micron will be shortly sampling a 2xnm NAND device:
During a conference call on Tuesday (Dec. 22), Micron said that it will be ''shortly'' sampling a 2x-nm NAND device. It did not specify the exact node, but some expect the company will disclose more details in early 2010.
Micron and its NAND partner, Intel, are expected to ramp a 2x-nm NAND device in 2010. With the product, Intel and Micron could leapfrog Samsung and Toshiba. Intel and Micron are partners in a joint NAND venture dubbed IM Flash Technologies LLC.
Both Intel and Micron are also selling solid-state disk (SSD) products, based on NAND. Intel has made inroads in the SSD market, while Micron is struggling in the arena, analysts said.