MEMORY MAKER Sandisk has announced that its I-NAND flash memory is being used as the reference memory in Windows 8 tablets, suggesting that their onboard storage will top out at 64GB.
Sandisk, which builds NAND memory used in removable storage devices, today announced that Intel, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are using its I-NAND memory in their reference designs for Windows 8 tablets. According to Sandisk, the I-NAND Extreme modules are packaged as embedded multimedia cards and have read and write bandwidth of up to 50MB/sec and 80MB/sec, respectively.
According to Raj Talluri, VP of product management at Qualcomm, "Qualcomm selected SanDisk's iNAND Extreme technology for some of its Snapdragon S4-based reference design platforms running Windows 8 because Qualcomm wants to offer a best-in-class mobile user experience, including a high quality visual experience and high processing performance."
Earlier today Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon S4 Pro system-on-chip, which the firm claimed is optimised for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Now that the firm has said it is developing this chip to work with Sandisk's I-NAND chips, it is possible to make an educated guess that Windows 8 tablets will feature between 16GB and 64GB of onboard storage.
Mobile World Congress has seen a number of companies profess their support for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Off the record The INQUIRER has heard that some vendors are building Windows 8 tablets using AMD chips, and then there's also a contingent of ARM vendors that have come out with chips and reference designs for Windows 8.
Interest around Microsoft's upcoming operating system is currently focused on tablet devices rather than Windows' traditional desktop and laptop PCs. However few will stake money on whether all this interest will result in Windows 8 tablets overtaking Apple's Ipad or the numerous Android tablets. µ