Kim Ki-nam, head of the chip giant’s memory division, told reporters at its headquarters in Seoul that “the market reception towards our TLC chips has been good.”
TLC chips store 3-bits per cell compared to 2-bits per cell in conventional multi-level cell (MLC) chips. Reading speed and life span are shortened, but production costs are around 30 percent less than MLC.
Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of TLC solid-state drives (SSD) since 2012. Aimed at the ultra-thin notebook market, these are an increasingly important component.
Samsung is also expanding its efforts in 3-bit SSDs for next-generation data centers.
A Samsung spokesman said “TLC has been a steady contributor to our profits and will continue to provide us with a consistent income.”
According to DRAMeXchange, Samsung is the world leader in NAND flash chips with a market share of 39.8 percent as of the fourth quarter last year.
Source: ZDNet Korea (zdnet.co.kr)