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Earlier this year, Intel and Micron's joint NAND manufacturing venture (IMFT) announced it had produced 64Gb (8GB) MLC NAND on a 20nm process. Most IMFT NAND that's used in SSDs are built using a 25nm process - the move to 20nm reduces die size and in turn reduces cost over time. A single 8GB 2-bit-per-cell MLC NAND die built on IMFT's 25nm process measures in at 167mm2, while the same capacity on IMFT's 20nm process is 118mm2. Early on in any new process wafers are more expensive, but over time NAND costs should go down as they are more a function of die size than process technology.

Today Intel and Micron are both announcing a second generation 20nm part at a 128Gb (16GB capacity). This isn't just a capacity increase as the 128Gb 20nm MLC NAND features an ONFi 3 interface rather than ONFI 2.x used in the earlier 64Gb announcement and older 25nm parts. ONFI 3 increases interface bandwidth from a max of 200MT/s (IMFT 25nm was limited to 166MT/s) to 333MT/s. This has a direct impact on sequential read performance for example, as most of those operations tend to be interface bound. Note that when I'm talking about interface speed I'm referring to the maximum speed allowed between the SSD controller and the NAND itself (e.g. an 8-channel ONFI 3 controller would have 8 x 333MT/s interfaces to NAND).

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Edited by Sean Webster - 12/6/11 at 10:13am
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I love those beautiful colors on the 25nm
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yes more NAND MORE NAND MORE ..... you get the picture
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With 20nm NAND due out next year, I'd say we're probably within a year of dropping below $1/GB.

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I can't wait for a nice solid sized ssd 500gb+ that will be at a reasonable price for consumers to get a hold of/.
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With 20nm NAND due out next year, I'd say we're probably within a year of dropping below $1/GB.
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Move aside HDDs, SSDs are starting to hit the mainstream. wheee.gif
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I can haz 1 now at $1/GB? I only want 2 64GB ones though laugher.gif
    
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Hopefully intel can strike a balance between using this kind of nand and reliability. Doesn't drive lifetime go down inherently because of this? Either way, if the prices are right I won't care.
    
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I can haz 1 now at $1/GB? I only want 2 64GB ones though laugher.gif
SSDs are less than $1/GB already. wink.gif
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Hopefully intel can strike a balance between using this kind of nand and reliability. Doesn't drive lifetime go down inherently because of this? Either way, if the prices are right I won't care.
Correct, the NAND cells wear out faster since the "walls" are thinner. However, ECC and other techniques make it moot for general consumers. It really only matters for server workloads.
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