Toshiba announced today its plans to launch a 64GB NAND flash module in the first quarter of 2010. The Japanese-based corporation noted that the module is comprised of “16 pieces of 32-Gbit NAND flash memory ICs fabricated in a 32-nm manufacturing process plus a data controller IC.” The new 64GB flash module comes with a built-in controller and is soon expected to find its way into an array of netbooks, smartphones, and video cameras.
Apple in particular will most likely to incorporate the 64GB modules into its next-gen iPhone, following its pattern of doubling the iPhone’s memory upon every release – the current high-end model iPhone comes in at 32GB. The iPod Touch, though, employs 2 32GB NAND chips for an overall capacity of 64GB. Toshiba’s new chips may therefore result in Apple upping the ante on its high-end iPod Touch to 128GB as well. The iPod Touch can naturally accommodate more memory as it doesn’t need to dedicate space for any of the iPhone’s cellular components.