Apple iPod nano 32GB possible in second half 2006? Samsung unveils new flash memory NAND chips

“Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday unveiled a new flash memory chip it says will double storage capacity on portable music players and other mobile devices,” The Associated Press reports. “Memory cards containing multiple 16-gigabit NAND chips mean ‘you will be able to take your entire music and personal video libraries with you,’ Chang-Gyu Hwang, president of the company’s semiconductor operations, told reporters.”

“For example, the company said that by combining 16 such devices on a memory card with a density of up to 32GB it would be possible to store 200 years worth of an average-sized daily newspaper, 8,000 MP3 music files or 20 DVD movies,” The Associated Press reports. “The company said it plans to begin mass producing the chips in the second half of 2006.”

Apple’s iPod nano 4GB uses NAND flash memory from Samsung.

[UPDATE: 4:05pm ET: updated headline to clarify potential 32GB max. storage potential.]

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33 Comments

  1. “For example, the company said that by combining 16 such devices on a memory card with a density of up to 32-gigabytes it would be possible to store 200 years worth of an average-sized daily newspaper, 8,000 MP3 music files or 20 DVD movies.”

    iPod Video, here we come! At this rate, we won’t need hard drive pods for the video feat.

  2. Jeesh!

    It’s not that many years ago that I bought the first 1 gig hard disk drive in my whole school board of 30 high schools to use as a server drive for all the students in my school. It cost a bundle. The computer consultant for the board though I was off my rocker and had made a huge mistake. It was the size of a concrete building block and weighed at least as much.

    Now I carry 80 gigs around in my iBook all the time.

    I predict the end of mechanical media. (hard disks and optical disks)

  3. For anyone who didn’t see the end of Hard Drives coming from the birth of solid state memory, even RAM if you think of it, was down right foolish.

    No moving parts = practicality.

    You can buy high density storage tape from Sony that can do 1 TERABYTE for only $100 or less. But why does no one buy this? With the tape it takes too long to cycle through all the information, not to mention it can easily tear, and the tapes are not exactly pleasant to carry around… low practicality.

    Of course it will take time for solid state to reach the capacity that modern HD’s can do, and future HD’s will probably always have more storage than future Solid State, but a plateau will be reached when the mass consumer products are built using solely solid state, mainly, do to size and power efficiency.

  4. Has no one thought of the simple idea that the 4 gigabyte iPod nano may already have two of these chips in it (and the 2 GB iPod nano has one)?

    These chips are 16 gigabits (2 gigabytes). Two would make the 4 gigbyte for the iPod nano.

    The images I have seen of the inside of the iPod nano would imply extremely few memory chips. Two would be about the right number.

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