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Samsung’s 16GB [That’s actually “Gb” -Ed] Memory Chip

Samsung NANDBy Asim Waqar

OK, so lets put it in perspective : this chip can store data equivalent to 200 years of a newspapers archive, 8,000 digital music files or 32 hours of DVD-quality music files on a single chip.

It will be able to boost storage capacity in a wide range of digital consumer electronic devices including cellular phones, digital cameras and MP3 players.

Samsung expects the 16Gb memory device to accelerate further expansion of the NAND flash memory market, eventually replacing mini hard disk drives (HDDs) and HDDs for personal computers as mainstream memory storage devices. Apart from other memory chips, flash memory can retain and store information even when the power supply is switched off.

Still in prototype, visit the Samsung NAND pages here.

Update: Hmph… So, um, 16 Gb is really gigabits and not gigabytes (that should be GB), making this an altogether different kind of animal. Or was the “b” really intended to be a “B”? I’m sure our intern will be happy to elucidate the matter as soon as he reads this.