Samsung announced this week that they have already begun providing samples of their 16GB NAND flash memory product to customers.  Samsung is hoping to start mass producing this product during the first quarter of 2007.

As samples were released prior to CES it is likely that Samsung will attempt to confirm and accept orders for this new product during CES such that the initial manufacturing build can commence in time to meet a 1st quarter launch.  Instead of surprising customers with a new product at CES Samsung is opting to work with their customers as a partner enabling them to review the product, make their purchasing decision in a timely manner, and then answer follow up questions and close deals when face to face with customers at the show.

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