•  Ray
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How much space is on your phone? 4GB? 8GB? Maybe 32GB? Even the nextgeneration iPhone only comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes, and the largestmicroSD card available for phones like the Nexus One is just 32GB. Forwell over a year now, 32GB has been the maximum space available in theaverage smartphone, and getting that much space was often costly.

But just as hard drives and SSDs have done in the past, expansion isjust around the corner. Toshiba, a mainstay in the storage space, has anew idea going forward, and that idea is to offer far more space thanjust 32GB in a single phone. The company has just developed a new 128GBchip that's small enough to be embedded into smartphones, tablet PCs andeven digital video cameras. As you may expect, the new chip is anembedded NAND flash memory model, with the highest capacity yet in theindustry.

The entire produce measures just 17mm x 22mm x 1.4mm, and samples willbe available to ship starting from September. Mass production isexpected to start in Q4 2010 (about the time a 64GB module hitsproduction as well), which means that the iPhone 5 should definitelyship in a 128GB version. Can you imagine the pre-order madness for that?

Took long enough. Seems like they have been stuck at the 32/64GB barrier a while for one-chip solutions.