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SanDisk Corp., a leading maker of NAND flash-based products,  on Monday said it had begun volume manufacturing of  embedded NAND flash memory products using 19nm process technoplogy. The iNAND Extreme is aimed at high-end tablets and smartphones that utilize Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8 RT operating systems.

iNAND Extreme comes in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. iNAND Extreme embedded flash memory can significantly improve performance for multitasking, web browsing, file transfer and image capture performance to produce a more enjoyable experience for smartphone and tablet users. SanDisk's 128GB iNAND Extreme product comes in 12mm by 16mm package. The product conforms to the new e.MMC 4.5 specification and can achieve up to 45MB/s sequential write and 100MB/s read speeds. The new generation of iNAND Extreme also more than doubles the random write performance of previous generations and significantly improves random read performance.

iNAND Extreme will be used on reference designs for the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core system-on-chip as a recommended high performance storage device for high-end tablet and mobile devices using the latest operating systems.

"SanDisk's technology and manufacturing expertise allow us to provide our OEM customers with the high-capacity storage that generates tangible benefits for consumers. We also work with leading software makers to optimize our memory for next generation operating systems, file systems and typical usage patterns. This adds to our ability to help mobile equipment makers build products that provide an outstanding user experience," said Dan Inbar, senior vice president and general manager of OEM business at SanDisk.

Samples of the latest version of iNAND Extreme will be available to customers this month with general availability this summer.

Tags: SanDisk, NAND, Flash, 19nm, Tegra, Nvidia, SSD

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