Samsung: 32GB Flash Memory Coming

Samsung on Monday unveiled a new high density flash memory chip that paves the way for portable devices with much larger capacities. The 16-gigabit NAND chip is equivalent to 2GB of storage, and can be packaged in quantities of 16 to create a 32-gigabyte flash memory product.

The new chips are expected to be mass produced beginning in the second half of 2006. That means devices like Apple's new iPod Nano could see considerable storage bumps in the coming future. Apple did not say whether it plans to use the new flash memory, but the company has purchased a huge stake of Samsung's chips for the iPod.

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