IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), a collaboration between Intel and Micron has just announced that is now testing 20nm NAND flash chips. This means that memory chips can now be smaller and used more effectively in devices that requires the small size such as mobile phones, tablets, SSDs and any other electronics that require this sort of memory. A smaller memory chip means more space for all of the other components such as the battery or the screen.
A clear decrease in size
The new technology means that there not only is an approximate 30 to 40 per cent drop in size, but also makes for a more economical way of producing chips. Intel maintains that the performance will be at par as their previous 25nm NAND chips. The sampling 8GB device will go into production sometime in the second half of this year. IMFT will also work on a similar 16GB device. Intel claims that in the process, they'll be able to create a 128 GB storage solution the size of a postage stamp.