Micron has announced that it has begun mass production of its new 232-layer NAND chip. The component should allow a new leap in the capacity of SSDs and other products with NAND-based memory, or even 200TB SSDs in the near future.

The brand is the first to break the 200-layer “barrier” in this type of chip. The figure is considerably higher than the previous premium model, which came in 176 layers.

This high layer density per NAND chip enables not only much larger capacities, but also smaller products with more modest capacities. Considered to have the highest areal density of any silicon-based storage product in the world, it increases the flexibility of what can be built with these memories.

NAND chips are the main component in the creation of SSDs, MicroSDs and other storage products, but they are not a solution for end consumers. Micron has just started mass production for its customers, so using those memories it will be a while before we see the first finished models on the shelves. But we are really close to a new leap in the storage capacity of SSDs, which should also factor into the drop in prices of the models currently available.

Source: Tec Mundo

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