12,000,000,000,000 bits in a single package
One of the things in life of which you can’t have enough is memory for your smart devices. For this reason semiconductor manufacturers keep on trying to cram as much bits in a volume as small as possible. In a volume, yes, not on a surface, because it has been a while that memory chips grow like sky scrapers in three dimensions instead of just two. A new 96-layer BiCS 3D flash memory device developed by Toshiba with a storage capacity of 32 gigabytes (GB) nicely illustrates this trend. Last time we looked, not so long ago, they were only at 64 layers.