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Sandisk says Nvidia's Tegra 4 reference tablet design uses INAND chips

Will come in 16GB, 32GB and perhaps larger capacities
Mon Feb 25 2013, 17:13

MEMORY VENDOR Sandisk announced today that its INAND Extreme chips will be used in Nvidia's Tegra 4 reference tablet design.

Nvidia's Tegra 4 system on chip (SoC) was announced at CES, with the firm saying that reference designs would also be presented to speed up device development. Now Sandisk has announced that its INAND flash chips will be used in Nvidia's Tegra 4 reference tablet design.

Sandisk's INAND chips use the firm's 19nm process node and the Tegra 4 reference tablet design will use 16GB and 32GB capacity chips, although Sandisk quotes a maximum capacity of 128GB.

Nvidia's quad-core ARM Cortex A15 Tegra 4 SoC will most likely end up in more tablets than smartphones and the firm's reference tablet design is key to getting smaller OEMs to adopt its chips. Sandisk has been relatively quiet in the tablet NAND market, instead seeing its chips used in solid state drives.

Given that Sandisk has revealed that the Tegra 4 SoC reference tablet design will have 16GB or 32GB of its INAND flash memory onboard, it's likely that cheaper next generation tablets coming out later this year based on reference designs from chip vendors such as Nvidia will offer such capacities. µ


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