Korean DRAM maker Hynix has said that it has started production on 64 gigabit NAND flash chips using a 20nm processing technology in an effort to keep it in the game with the other slightly bigger dogs.
It’s the third time that Hynix has tried to get going with its 20nm class 64GB chip after it had been developed February last year but it’s finally got the production lines rolling at its 300mm Fab. Hynix reckons that the introduction of 20nm to its 64GB chip, double that of its standard 32GB line, will give it an edge in the mobile space or anywhere where tiny chips are needed – think smartphones and tablet PCs.
Park Hyun of Hynix says he wants output of the chips to reach 80,000 units by the end of the year. A spokesman told the Korea Herald: “We plan to raise the portion of our 20-nm class NAND flash products to 10 percent of our total NAND flash output by the end of this year, while increasing the portion of 20nm, 30nm products to mid-60 percent from the current 30 percent.
The Korean media is saying it’s about ruddy time: the gap between Hynix and larger rivals widened as other chip makers already have their 20nm NAND chips on the go, such as Samsung.
Hynix is keen to get its 20nm NAND out in the fray. It has also announced that it has joint forces with Isareli NAND provider Anobit to use its controller devices on Hynix’s 20nm and 30nm class chips.