Intel tout high-capacity 34nm flash chip
Intel plans to quickly move the chip into solid state drives in the 80GB to 160GB range. But with US consumer spending on flash-endowed gadgetry currently in free-fall thanks to the deteriorating economic environment, who’s going to buy those (still expensive) SSDs? Intel hopes that the answer lies in the enterprise.
When we last left the story of Intel flash plans, the recession-related fall-off in consumer spending had cast a cloud over the company’s NAND flash profits this year, and the company’s stock had taken a beating for it. The problem here is straightforward: most of Intel’s NAND flash goes into exactly the kinds of gadgets, many of them made by Apple, that budget-conscious consumers are leaving on the shelves.