Two locally developed chips to hit market

Writer: Zhang Yu  |  Editor: Stephanie Yang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-06-29

A local technology firm is planning to launch two ultra-high-speed (UHS) memory controllers in the market, which are said to have performance on par with similar products from other leading global memory chip manufacturers, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.

According to Shenzhen Techwinsemi Technology Co. Ltd., the two UHS memory controllers to be launched include a memory card and a memory module. The memory card can operate at a read speed of 80 megabytes per second in a laboratory simulation scenario, while the memory module boasts a read speed of 200 megabytes per second and a write speed of 120 megabytes per second in a laboratory simulation scenario.

The two chips feature outstanding characteristics such as ultra-high read and write speeds, strong data error correction capacity and adaptability to ultra multilayer QLC (quad-level cell) storage wafers, according to the company.

The company said that the newly developed chips have adopted more advanced manufacturing procedures, which greatly improve the chips’ performance and reduce the cost. In particular, the new chips cost more than 60 percent lower than those purchased from foreign manufacturers.

Li Hu, chairman of Shenzhen Techwinsemi Technology Co. Ltd., said that the company’s chips are expected to help the manufacturing of mobile memory to be completely produced domestically.

According to statistics from China Flash Market (CFM), a domestic online flash quote website, the market of NAND flash memory chips in 2020 amounted to US$56.6 billion, accounting for about 45 percent of the global market of memory chips, of which nearly 10 percent is consumer mobile memory.

Each mobile memory needs to be equipped with a memory controller. At present, the global market demand for consumer mobile memory controllers is about 700 million pieces. China’s consumer mobile memory controllers mainly rely on imports, according to the Daily.