Toshiba to Develop New Data Center Products Based on its Flash Memory Chips

The Japanese firm, one of the world's largest makers of flash memory chips, hopes to spur demand with data center offerings.
By Jay Alabaster
News Jul 11th 2012

Toshiba said that it is developing a line of products for storing large amounts of data, based on its flash memory chips.

The company is working on a three-tier strategy to spur in-house demand for NAND flash memory, of which it is among the world's largest manufacturers. It will offer memory chips for use in storage hardware, data servers that combine hard disks, solid-state drives and flash and software services for analyzing and handling large amounts of data.

"Up until now we've sold mostly to outside companies, but we want to strengthen our own offerings," said Masaki Momodomi, a senior engineer at Toshiba.

NAND flash makers like Toshiba are in a constant race to roll out chips with finer circuits, which offer cheaper storage and better efficiency, but they are closing in on the physical limits possible with current technology. The Japanese company has until now focused on out-shrinking rivals like Samsung, and last year was the first to launch solid state drives with 19-nanometer memory.