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Toshiba Debuts 15nm e-MMC NAND Flash Memory for Automotive Applications at CES
LAS VEGAS—At CES 2016, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), introduced its 15nm e-MMC™ NAND Flash memory for automotive applications. Toshiba’s Automotive e-MMC offers a wide operating temperature range of -40º to 85oC and the smallest class chip size available for automotive, according to a Toshiba survey that included results to December 29, 2015. It is also said to offer an 11.5x13mm JEDEC standard package and high reliability.
In a press release, Toshiba said that its new line-up of single-package embedded NAND flash memories is extremely well-suited to the demanding requirements of the automotive infotainment market, and includes densities from 8 gigabyte (GB) to 64GB. Each device integrates a controller to manage basic control functions for NAND applications.
Product density is identified based on the density of memory chip(s) within the product, not the amount of memory capacity available for data storage by the end user. Consumer-usable capacity will be less due to overhead data areas, formatting, bad blocks, and other constraints, and may also vary based on the host device and application.
From maps and weather conditions to voice recognition, entertainment, driver assist features, and more, cars are quickly becoming much more than just modes of transportation. Accelerated processing power and increased data storage capacity are crucial to enabling all of this connectivity, and Toshiba sees its e-MMC NAND Flash memory as the data storage technology of choice for automotive applications.
Reported to be among the world’s smallest, Toshiba’s 15nm chips that are used for e-MMC are fully compliant with the latest JEDEC e-MMC standard and are designed for application in a wide range of digital products, including automotive infotainment and industrial applications. Toshiba says that its 15nm e-MMC offers fast read/write performance due to improvements in basic chip performance and controller optimization.
“As the inventors of NAND Flash and a leader in NAND Flash process migrations, Toshiba continues to harness this expertise for the automotive sector with the introduction of our 15nm e-MMC for this application,” noted Scott Beekman, director of managed NAND memory products for TAEC, in the release. “Our expertise in developing the industry’s most innovative NAND memory products positions us perfectly to produce the high quality, high performance memory necessary for in-vehicle infotainment systems.”
The e-MMC designation is a product category for a class of embedded memory products built to the JEDEC e-MMC Standard specification, and is a trademark of the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association.
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