Samsung announced a new flash memory chip on Monday that should pave the way for removable memory cards that can hold up to 32GB of data. Samsung’s 16Gb NAND flash memory chip, which is slated to enter commercial production during the second half of next year, will be manufactured using a 50-nanometer production process. The new chip will allow memory-card makers to design cards with a capacity of 32GB by putting 16 of these chips into a single card. To put that into perspective, a 32GB memory card would be able to store 8,000 MP3 audio files or 20 DVD-quality movies in a handheld device such as a mobile phone. Called solid-state disks (SSDs), these hard-drive replacements will initially be available in capacities up to 16GB.

Samsung announced a new flash memory chip on Monday that should pave the way for removable memory cards that can hold up to 32GB of data. Samsung’s 16Gb NAND flash memory chip, which is slated to enter commercial production during the second half of next year, will be manufactured using a 50-nanometer production process. The new chip will allow memory-card makers to design cards with a capacity of 32GB by putting 16 of these chips into a single card. To put that into perspective, a 32GB memory card would be able to store 8,000 MP3 audio files or 20 DVD-quality movies in a handheld device such as a mobile phone. Called solid-state disks (SSDs), these hard-drive replacements will initially be available in capacities up to 16GB.