Intel, Micron start churning out 34nm, 32Gb NAND Flash chips

Intel and Micron’s subsidiary IM Flash Technologies first announced its first-of-its-kind 34nm NAND Flash memory back in May of this year and, as promised, it’s now finally followed through on things pushed ’em into mass production. The chip’s themselves are 32 gigabit multi-level cell chips, and can hold 4GB of memory on their own, or be stacked on top of each other in a standard 48-lead thin small-outline package (TSOP) to hold up to 64GB. That, the companies say, will not only allow for increased storage in small form factor devices, but less expensive solid state drives as well, given the reduced manufacturing costs. They’re apparently still a little ways away from finding their way into some actual products, however, with the companies only going so far as to say that the first samples are on track for early 2009Read

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Upcoming dual-processor Nehalem EP machine benchmarked — yeah, it’s fast

Intel’s new Core i7 chip has been showing up in tons of silly-spec’d high-end gaming rigs for about three days now, so it’s obviously time to get bored and move on — and right on cue, TechRadar‘s got the first benchmarks we’ve seen of the upcoming dual-processor Nehalem EP platform. The secret test machine featured two 2.8GHz Nehalem EP chips (likely to hit retail in 2009 as the Xeon X5560) and 24GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM controlled by the new Quick Path Interconnect and on-die memory controllers, which together cranked out a SPECfp base rate of 160 — way above the 90 posted by current 3.4GHz Xeon setups, and higher than the 105 scored by a 2.7GHz dual-processor rig with AMD’s new Shanghai chips. Yeah, that’s silly fast, and it’s bound to get even faster when these bad boys launch with a 3.2GHz part along for the ride. Now if Intel could just siphon some of that speed into these pokey Atoms we can actually afford, we’d be grins-a-plenty.

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