Technology Development History

Introducing KIOXIA’s achievements in supporting the evolution of electric devices, such as the invention of NAND flash memory in 1987, and advancement of the information society on a global scale, seen through the lens of the history of memory and SSD development.

Technology Development History

Memories / Memory cards   SSDs
Invented the world's first flash memory 1984  
Invented the world's first NAND Flash memory 1987  
Commercialized the world's first 4Mbit NAND Flash memory 1991  
・Constructed Yokkaichi Plant
・Commercialized the world's first 16Mbit NAND Flash memory
1992  
Commercialized the world's first 256Mbit NAND Flash memory 1998  
Developed SD memory cards 2000  
Commercialized the world's first 1Gbit MLC NAND Flash memory 2001 Developed PATA SSDs with SLC NAND Flash memory
Commercialized the world's first 2Gbit NAND Flash memory 2003  
Announced the world's first 3D Flash memory 2007 Commercialized SATA SSDs with 56nm MLC NAND Flash memory with the world's highest capacity of 128 GB
Commercialized 43nm NAND Flash memory 2008 Commercialized SATA SSDs with 43nm 512GB MLC NAND Flash memory
Reported 32nm NAND Flash memory at ISSCC and commercialized them 2009 Expanded the lineup of the industry's first 128GB Half Slim SATA/mSATA SSDs
Commercialized 24nm MLC NAND Flash memory with the world's highest density 2010 Commercialized stick type SSDs thinner and smaller than mSATA SSDs (maximum capacity: 256 GB)
Commercialized the world's smallest 19nm MLC NAND Flash memory 2011  
Reported 19nm MLC NAND Flash memory at ISSCC and commercialized them 2012 Shipped samples of enterprise SAS SSDs with the industry's highest-class capacity of 1.6 TB using 24nm MLC NAND Flash memory
Commercialized the world's smallest 19nm second-generation MLC NAND Flash memory 2013 Commercialized and expanded the lineup of SAS/SATA SSDs with 19nm MLC NAND Flash memory
Commercialized the world's smallest 15nm NAND Flash memory 2014  
Commercialized 48layer BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory with the world's highest density 2015 ・Commercialized the world's smallest NVMe™ single package SSD
・Commercialized the industry's first 1024GB client NVMe™ SSD
Prototyped a 64layer BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory with the world's highest density 2016 Commercialized second-generation single package SSDs with BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory
・Prototyped the world's first TLC BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory incorporating TSV technology
・Prototyped a 96layer BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory
・Prototyped the world's first 64layer QLC BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory
2017 Commercialized and expanded the lineup of client and enterprise SSDs with 64layer BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory
Prototyped a 96layer QLC BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory 2018 Commercialized the industry's first SSDs with 96layer BiCS FLASH™ 3D Flash memory
*SLC: Single Level Cell
*MLC: Multi Level Cell
*TLC: Triple Level Cell
*QLC: Quad Level Cell
*PATA: Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment
*SATA: Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
*mSATA: mini SATA
*SAS: Serial Attached SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)
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