Toshiba has developed its second generation 19nm process that will be applied to mass produce 2-bit-per-cell 64Gb NAND memory chips starting later this month.
The NAND memory market is slated to hit $30 billion this year, up 12 percent over $26.8 billion in 2012.
Industry analysts believe the memory sector will continue to do relatively well despite a decline in NAND demand. Although NAND might not be a very hot commodity, DRAM sales are expected to surge, reports The China Post.
As chipmakers struggle to go beyond 22nm and 28nm, it seems older processes are dying faster than Gangnam Style. A recent report by IC Insights shows that more than a quarter of installed wafer capacity is dedicated to sub-40nm process geometries.
Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined in 2012, figures from Gartner have shown.
The PC market remains weak and the overheated smartphone and tablet market seems to be slowing down as well, but NAND makers are reporting their best quarter in history.
Micron Technology landed itself in the red for the second quarter, posting a net loss.
Intel and Micron have successfully sampled the first batch of 3-bit-per-cell (3bpc) NAND flash memory produced with 25-nanometer (nm) process technology.
A team of Japanese engineers have developed a new generation of NAND flash memory whose drive voltage is as low as 1V.
Sasmsung has kicked off production of its 20 nanometer (nm) class 32GB NAND chips.
Toshiba has confirmed that it will be spending some 15 billion yen ($160 million) to build a test production line for advanced flash memory chips.
Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled an advanced system-on-chip (SoC) that is expected to help significantly lower the cost of next-generation eReaders.
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