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Samsung Expands NAND Flash Production Capacity

by Lyle Smith

This week we found that Samsung expands NAND flash production capacity in Pyeongtaek, Korea, to address mid- to long-term demands, specifically for the market’s emerging technologies. Construction is already well underway at the facility, with mass production of their V-NAND memory slated for a start sometime in the second half of 2021. Samsung indicates that it will continue to make new investments to “seize future market opportunities”.

Samsung has announced the expansion of its NAND flash production capacity in Pyeongtaek, Korea, to address mid- to long-term demands, specifically for the market’s emerging technologies. Construction is already well underway at the facility, with mass production of their V-NAND memory slated for a start sometime in the second half of 2021. Samsung indicates that it will continue to make new investments to “seize future market opportunities”.

Samsung expands NANDSamsung’s Pyeongtaek Campus was built back in 2015 and is considered a “hub for next-generation memory technologies,” as it features two of the world’s largest-scale production lines. As such, the company is usually the front runner when it comes to innovation in NAND technology. For example, it was the first company to mass-produce sixth-generation (1xx-layer) V-NAND back in July of last year.

Here is a history of Samsung’s V-NAND mass production:

Date V-NAND
July 2013 1st-generation (24-layer) 128Gb MLC V-NAND
Aug. 2013 1st-generation 128Gb MLC V-NAND 960GB SSD
Aug. 2014 2nd-generation (32-layer) 128Gb 3-bit V-NAND
Sept. 2014 2nd-generation V-NAND SSD
Aug. 2015 3rd-generation (48-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
Sept. 2015 3rd-generation V-NAND SSD ‘850 EVO’, ‘950 PRO’
Dec. 2016 4th-generation (64-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
Jan. 2017 4th-generation V-NAND SSD
Jan. 2018 4th-generation 512Gb V-NAND 30.72TB SAS SSD
May 2018 5th-generation (9x-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
June 2018 5th-generation V-NAND SSD
June 2019 6th-generation (1xx-layer) 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND
July 2019 6th-generation V-NAND SSD

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