Flash memory hits a wall

Aron Schatz
March 27, 2003
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Flash memory will become nearly impossible to make denser, faster than CPUs will. The current projections are around 2005-2007. Don't worry, companies always find a way to make money (meaning they will find a way to make the memory denser).


Flash memory--the chip technology used to store data and applications inside cell phones, industrial equipment and portable memory cards--is facing a growing crisis, say engineers, analysts and semiconductor executives. Although demand is strong, it will become increasingly difficult to shrink flash memory chips after 2005.And if flash chips can't shrink, profits likely will. As a result, companies are experimenting with new materials and semiconductor designs that could enhance or eventually displace one of the weirdest semiconductors ever produced.


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