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Toshiba Celebrates Quarter-Century NAND Flash Anniversary

Toshiba America Electronic Components sent out a reminder on Tuesday that it successfully developed NAND flash memory 25 years ago. Just think: in 1987, the stock market crashed, FOX made its debut on TV with programming like Married... with Children, The Simpsons and The Tracey Ullman Show, U2 hit the music charts with its first single off The Joshua Tree, Michael Jackson was Bad, and Three Men and a Baby proved that Star Trek's Spock was more than just a mere Vulcan.

"Much has changed since 1987," Toshiba reports. "The NAND flash market has grown rapidly, with flash memory shipping almost 8x more gigabytes (GB) in 2011 than DRAM. NAND flash has become the high density silicon storage of choice. NAND flash memory is used in a variety of memory cards and USB drives, and is found in many consumer, industrial and enterprise cloud applications."

"Toshiba's innovation has carved out a path to a new era in which consumers are able to carry videos, music, books and data with them wherever they go," the company adds. "Designed with a very small cell size to enable a low cost-per-bit of stored data,Toshiba's NAND flash technology is unleashing the mobility of content, thus fueling innovation in the development of products for everyone from consumers to enterprise."

To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Toshiba will play host to "notable industry events and consumer participation" which likely doesn't include party hats and birthday cake. Toshiba also said it will launch an "interactive campaign that embraces industry voices and experiences exploring the impact of NAND flash is forthcoming."

"NAND flash has truly permeated our lives -- this technology has been a game changer, making the world a different place and making many of the products we use today possible," noted Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, TAEC.

Maybe Toshiba should get everyone to raise their smartphone and tablet in the air at a specific time and yell: "Long live NAND flash! Yay Toshiba!" OK maybe not.