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Toshiba Corp., the world’s second largest maker of flash memory, announced Monday that it will start shipping 32Gb NAND flash memory products fabricated with 32nm process technology.

Application of the advanced 32nm process technology will further shrink chip size, allowing Toshiba to boost productivity and bring further enhancements to high density, small sized products. Samples of the world's first 32nm generation 32Gb (4GB) and 16Gb chip (2GB) products will be available in July in Japan. The 32Gb chips will first be applied to memory cards and USB memories and subsequently extended to embedded products.

Toshiba will start mass production of 32Gb NAND flash memories in July 2009, two months ahead of its original plan. 16Gb products will start to ship from the third quarter of FY2009 (October to December 2009). The new chips will be produced at Toshiba's Yokkaichi Operations, in Mie prefecture, Japan.

By accelerating process migration and integrating multi level cell technologies, and through continued advances in productivity, Toshiba intends to enhance its competitiveness in the memory business.

Tags: Toshiba, 32nm, SanDisk, Flash

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