Samsung first with 'stacked' V-NAND memory for mobile devices

Samsung first with 'stacked' V-NAND memory for mobile devices
"Stacked" or "3D" chips are nothing new, as Intel is already having those out on the market in the form of the new Haswell processors in your computer, for example.

Samsung, however, is applying the tech to flash memory modules for the first time, and the type that are to go into mobile devices like phones and tablets at that, or to cluster together for solid sate drives. 

Called V-NAND, the technology layers the memory chips on top of each other, instead of side-by-side, thus saving precious space and allowing for larger capacities, not to mention faster and more durable internal storage chips. Samsung managed to stack not one or two, but 24 of those NAND modules on top of each other, and it's the interconnect between those that it says is the "secret sauce" for making the memory faster.

Not only faster, but in large capacities, too, as those V-NAND chips start you off with 16 GB of internal storage, shooting all the way up to 128 GB, thus all but eliminating the need for a separate microSD card slot, for example. The best part is that this is not some far-fetched technology years down the pipeline, but Samsung has actually sent those out for mobile device makers to sample, and is ready to produce them in mass quantities.

The V-NAND chips are expected to make it in SSD memory as soon as this year, and in mobile devices they will be landing in 2014, said Samsung, and added that the technology is a result of no less than 10 years of research on its part, now guarded by more than 300 patents.

source: Samsung 

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77 Comments

1. SPIDERMAN4

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

That means 4k video

20. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Glorious 4K porn. (y) Im all in for larger spaces on a phone.

28. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Just what I was thinking! ;P

36. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Watching 4k video on a phone is pointless. The human eyes can't detect quality beyond 1080p. Recording 4k videos is a different thing. You can watch them on a 80 inch flatscreen via hdmi.

73. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

1080p is already maximum on a phone to me, and 2500X1600 is pointless. But, that's how trend is. But the tech geeks out there sure love to ask for more. How about more battery life instead.

32. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

128Gb is only 16GB

34. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

no 128gb is 128gb

62. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Learn the difference between a Gb and a GB. A lower case b means bit, a capital B means byte. 1 byte equals 8 bits

35. g2a5b0e unregistered

I just read the press release. You're absolutely right. 128Gb to 1Tb = 16GB to 128GB.

54. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Article also says it can stack 24 chips together. Which means 24x16GB to 24x128GB=384GB to 3072GB.. I guess...!!!!

48. iushnt

Posts: 3152; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's 128GB to 1TB there

61. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

The author needs to proofread, or read the article better. It even says 128 Gigabits in the article....and yet the author still wrote it as gigabytes

74. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

This is nothing but a simple written math problem, that's taught in logistics and management schools all around the world, at least here in Germany. 1 V-NAND Chip = 16 GB... Samsung stacked 24, which equals 384 GB, that could be used in Tablets... Samsung will put up to 8 V-NAND Chips in their smartphones... 8 V-NAND Chips = 128 GB. ;)

68. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

The Undisputed King of innovation ----> Samsung

69. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Indeed where's bricks boys wit'em cams?

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

innovation again samsung is the best no doubt at least in the moment

15. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

Samsung make garbages all the time, but i gotta admit that they still made the best memory chips out there.

17. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

But they will still use only 16 GB in their flagship phones out of which only 8.8 GB will be available for end user. In 2011, S2 has 16GB. In 2013, S4 has 16GB only. When is 32 GB is going to be minimum? Its not like they are selling them for very cheap like nexus 4.

24. Volcra

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Isn't that what the External Sd-Card slot is for?

26. ZettaiRyouiki

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

I prefer large internal space of at least 64Gb + no SD card. You cant install apps onto a SD card.

45. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I prefer a large internal memory 64GB + future proofed microSD card slot that accept >128GB microSD card. Both have their designated uses.

46. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Not sure but I think you can with apps2SD.

66. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

You can run apps from an SD card with things like Apps2SD. For at least a few years now even. Had apps running from the SD card on my old Droid Eris a long while back. The caveat was the app could experience some limited functions then, but that may have been addressed by now.

70. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

or using ADB without even rooting your phone you can run a command " adb shell(./adb shell on ubuntu) enter pm setInstallLocation 2 enter .." there you have set the install location to be an SDCARD by default

29. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

They didn't make this, you know. Panasonic is releasing this next month, for example. http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2013/07/31/panasonic-reram/1

40. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL... those Samsung fanboys! This is REAL innovation:http://www.crossbar-inc.com/events/press-releases/crossbar-emerges-from-stealth-mode.html (and it's really 1TB) Samsung's module has not been released and it looks outdated already.

59. willard12 unregistered

Either way, apple will be buying them from Samsung by the truckload.

63. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Wow, that is impressive

3. affandi

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Thank you Samsung.. finally. Note 4 will hopefully have this 128 GB storage

4. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

About time...

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