Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc, which collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, has announced the launch of a new family of NAND flash memory products for embedded applications.
Compatible with the widely used Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), Toshiba's new Serial Interface NAND can be used in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications, including flat screen TVs, printers, wearable devices, and robots.
The Serial Interface NAND family consists of 12 products; includes three densities (1 gigabit (GB), 2 GB and 4GB); two packages (WSON and SOP); and two power supply voltages.
Sample shipments started last week, and mass production is scheduled to begin with the 1GB products in December 2015. Mass production of the remaining products will follow.
Due to its compatibility with the SPI, Toshiba's new product family can be controlled with just 6-pins, and can be utilised as an SLC NAND flash memory with a low pin count, small package and large capacity.
NOR flash memory is typically used in embedded applications for consumer and industrial devices. However, in order to support the new, enhanced features found in embedded devices, larger memory densities are needed in order to save software (including boot up programs, firmware and embedded OS) and data (including log data).
Due to this, demand is increasing for SLC NAND flash memory based on its high density, high reliability and low bit cost when compared to NOR flash memory.
The new Serial Interface NAND product family is another example of Toshiba's strategic innovation and development to meet the wide ranging needs of the market - and expand the reach of NAND flash memory.