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Toshiba Reveals 128GB Smartphone Flash Memory

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There was some consternation the iPhone 4 didn't come with capacities larger than 32GB, something TApple will have no excuse not to fix come the iPhone 5...

Riding to Jobs' rescue is Toshiba, as the Japanese giant has revealed a new stab of 128GB storage designed to fit in smartphones, MP3 players and - more than likely - quite a few tablets. Tosh achieved this manufacturing miracle by cramming sixteen 32nm 8GB NAND flash chips along with their controller into a a 17 x 22 x 1.4mm package. Mass production of the memory modules will begin in Q4.

In related news not letting the Korean side down is Samsung, which has revealed it will start mass producing 512GB 2.5in SSDs with 256bit AES encryption in July.

The units offer 250MBps and 220MBps sequential read and write times, TRIM support (hurry up Mac OS X 10.6.4) and bespoke low-power modes which work by analysing individual usage habits. Samsung claims this alone "can extend a notebook's battery life for an hour or more."

Naturally enough volume production will see 512GB SSD prices come down, but still don't expect them to drop below the £500 mark until this time next year. You best get saving now...

Links:
Toshiba Press Release
Samsung SSDs

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