Micron Unveils 16 Nanometer Flash Memory

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Micron is sampling 16-nanometer process technology, enabling 128 gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory devices. (Photo: Micron)

Micron announces a super small 16-nanometer flash technology, and Violin Memory and Fujitsu partner for extreme scale Flash-memory based Microsoft SQL data warehouse solutions.

Micron’s 16-Nanometer NAND

Micron (MU) announced that it is sampling 16-nanometer process technology, enabling  128 gigabit (Gb) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND Flash memory devices. The 16nm node is not only the leading Flash process, but it is also the most advanced processing node for any sampling semiconductor device. Targeted at both retail applications and data center cloud storage, the new 128Gb NAND Flash memory provides the greatest number of bits per square millimeter and lowest cost of any MLC device in existence. Full production is planned for the fourth quarter of this year, with a new line of solid-state drive solutions expected to ship in 2014.

“Micron’s dedicated team of engineers has worked tirelessly to introduce the world’s smallest and most advanced Flash manufacturing technology,” said Glen Hawk, vice president of Micron’s NAND Solutions Group. “Our customers continually ask for higher capacities in smaller form factors, and this next-generation process node allows Micron to lead the market in meeting those demands.”

Violin and Fujitsu partner for Flash Data Warehouses

Violin Memory and Fujitsu Technology Solutions announced a partnership to offer three Microsoft SQL data warehouse solutions certified for 20TB, 60TB and 240TB of all-flash memory. These data warehouse solutions scale from 20TB (5U) to 240TB (24U) and do not require re-architecting of the data warehouse environment, making the deployments simple and predictable. The certified solutions provide customers with performance previously achieved only from in-memory server solutions.

“Delivering the right solution to meet individual customer needs is important to Fujitsu. By combining Fujitsu PRIMERGY Server, Fujitsu ETERNUS Storage and Violin Memory all-flash arrays we can offer database acceleration based on industry standards. Compared to other market offerings, we provide customers with access to some of the fastest and affordable solutions for running their SQL environment,” said Bernhard Brandwitte, Vice President Storage Business, Fujitsu Technology Solutions.

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