Intel's New Chip Has Real Flash

It gives consumer electronics twice the memory

For more than a decade, researchers in labs from Osaka to Yorktown Heights, N.Y., have experimented with a radical technique to double the capacity of computer memory chips. On Sept. 17, chip giant Intel Corp. announced in Japan that it will produce chips using this so-called multilevel-cell technology. Intel isn't actually the first to announce such a revolutionary chip--two startups beat it to the punch. But the $20 billion chip giant's entry legitimizes the new technology.

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