Yesterday Intel and Micron shared some new details of their 3D NAND technology and during the presentation they also showed a production wafer. I missed the wafer during the live broadcast (hence I couldn't include this in the initial write up), but fortunately Intel-Micron have now posted the recorded webinar, which I used to get a pretty good shot of the wafer. The quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough that I was able to make a fairly accurate estimation of the die size. Disclaimer: The data and analysis presented in this article is based on estimations that are provided "as is" with no guarantee of full accuracy. I calculated 19 dies vertically and 25 horizontally, which would yield a die size of 189.5mm. That's...

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42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

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26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2013

Micron Announces 16nm 128Gb MLC NAND, SSDs in 2014

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10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2013

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