Toshiba, SanDisk tie on flash chips

Toshiba Corp. and U.S. chip maker SanDisk Corp. said Thursday they have agreed to jointly develop high-capacity, flash-memory chips. The two plan to develop 90-nanometer process technology that they hope will lead to an overall increase in supply and improve the competitiveness of flash memory.

The integration of multiple 4-gigabit flash chips on a single memory card will enable hand-held computers, mobile phones, digital cameras and other devices to store DVD-quality video, thousands of high-resolution images, and more than 30 hours of digital music or gigabytes of computer files, they said.

Toshiba and SanDisk expect to have samples of the new devices in the second half of 2003, with production scheduled for the first quarter in 2004.