Samsung announced that it is starting mass production of upgraded memory technology today–the first 512GB embedded universal flash storage (eUFS) device made for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The devices are 64-layer 512GB V-NAND chips and have twice the number of cells as Samsung‘s previous controller chips and storage.
From Samsung’s press release:
“Consisting of eight 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips and a controller chip, all stacked together, Samsung’s new 512GB UFS doubles the density of Samsung’s previous 48-layer V-NAND-based 256GB eUFS, in the same amount of space as the 256GB package. The eUFS’ increased storage capacity will provide a much more extensive mobile experience. For example, the new high-capacity eUFS enables a flagship smartphone to store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) video clips of a 10-minute duration*, which is about a tenfold increase over a 64GB eUFS which allows storing only about 13 of the same-sized video clips.”
The UFS devices are said to be supreme in speed, reading up to 860 MB/s and writing at 255MB/s. That’s eight times faster than a microSD card and equivalent to transferring 5GB of HD video to an SSD in six seconds.
MicroSD storage seems to be the main target with this innovation, as Samsung suggest embedded storage is more stable and and less limiting than current external storage cards used in mobile devices. With Samsung’s notorious battle with consumers after removing microSD storage from the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and bringing it back in later iterations), this news may suggest Samsung is attempting to remove the need for expandable storage in mobile devices altogether.
According to Samsung’s Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing, “By assuring an early, stable supply of this advanced embedded storage, Samsung is taking a big step forward in contributing to timely launches of next-generation mobile devices by mobile manufacturers around the world.”
Samsung says it plans to increase the production of all of these flash storage devices in order to increase demand for embedded mobile storage, in addition to its current SSD and memory card products.
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