Samsung is far from sitting still and now news that they are working on a 200 layer NAND suggests that a new capacity boost will be available. At present 176-layer seems to be the next layer of stacking design.

Samsung executives made the comments on Thursday after the company posted a 54% on-year jump in second-quarter operating profit and a 20% rise in sales, boosted by its mainstay chip business.

Samsung, the world’s top maker of memory chips and smartphones, also forecast better performance in coming quarters, although it warned of growing supply chain risks due to a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 176-layer chip will be the main NAND product until 2022. And we’re working on the next-generation V-NAND chip under our 10-year technology roadmap. The recently launched 128-layer 980 PRO lineup is very popular. Now the 176-layers will likely find its way into PCIe 5.0 SSD products soon.

NAND is expected to reach 500 layers or more by 2030 suggesting even larger capacity M.2 devices will be available.

To beef up its leadership in the memory sector, Samsung said it is set to begin mass production of 14-nanometer DRAM using the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology in the second half.