Micron has recently revealed that it has begun “sampling” both 8 and 16 gigabyte block abstracted NAND flash.
The new flash products will begin shipping sometime during the latter part of 2009.
For many people, block abstracted NAND flash is too technical a term to really understand. Simply put, block abstracted NAND flash is flash memory that has its own optimized memory controller. This means that third party designers won’t need to design or include their own flash controller. This ultimately saves in design cost and space. The integrated controller in the NAND flash will also have its own wear levelling algorithms that allocate the blocks of memory that are written and rewritten, which will also result in savings and a better integrated design for flash based devices like MP3 players.