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SK Hynix Starts Production of 238-Layer 3D NAND: 2400 MT/s

SK Hynix announced this week that it has started mass production of 238-layer TLC NAND memory. The new device promises higher bit densities and lower costs for his NAND bits for the manufacturer, and features a very high interface speed of 2400 MT/s, making it an ultra-high performance SSD.

SK Hynix’s first 238-layer 3D TLC NAND device features a capacity of 512 Gb (64 GB). Compared to the previous generation with 176 layers, there are many advantages such as 34% higher manufacturing efficiency (i.e. smaller die size, less material usage, expensive process steps, etc.) and 21% lower power consumption. An ONFI 5.0 interface with NV-LPDDR4 signaling and a 50% improvement of the interface transfer rate of 2400 MT/s enables read operations.

The latter is perhaps the most important advantage of the new memory chips for PC enthusiasts. This is because modern and upcoming client SSDs with PCIe 5.0 x4 interfaces require fast memory devices to saturate. Currently available 3D NAND with a 1600 MT/s interface only enables drives with sequential read/write speeds of around 10 GB/s, but going above 12.5 GB/s requires faster memory. must be used. Alternatively, use more memory devices and a suitable controller.

SK Hynix’s 238-layer 3D TLC NAND not only uses string stacking to combine pairs of 119-layer decks, but also uses a charge-trapped CMOS under-array (CuA) architecture to convert NAND logic into 3D NAND memory cell arrays. to reduce die size. And it costs money. This is why SK Hynix calls this architecture his 4D NAND.

SK Hynix 3D TLC NAND Flash Memory
238L 176L
layer 238 176
deck 2 (x119) 2 (x88)
die capacity 512 gigabit 512 gigabit
Die size (mm2) 35.58mm2 ~47.4mm2
Density (Gbit/mm2) ~14.39 10.8
I/O speed 2.4MT/s
(ONFI 4.2)
CuA/PuC yes yes

SK Hynix is ​​the third major NAND flash memory maker to start producing 3D NAND with over 200 layers. SK Hynix said one of the major smartphone makers is about to complete compatibility tests with its 238-layer 3D NAND devices. Once that is done, SK Hynix will start shipping these memory chips to mobile phone makers. Ultimately, these devices will be used for PCIe 5.0 SSDs and high-capacity server drives, the company said.

SK hynix said in a statement, “SK hynix has developed a solution product for client SSDs used as storage devices for smartphones and PCs that uses 238-layer NAND technology, and started mass production in May.” there is “Since we have secured world-class competitiveness in terms of price, performance, and quality for both 238-layer NAND and the previous generation 176-layer NAND, we expect these products to drive earnings improvement in the second half. I have.”

sauce: SK hynix

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