Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Samsung Starts Production of First 512GB UFS Package for Mobile Devices

Samsung Starts Production of First 512GB UFS Package for Mobile Devices Samsung Starts Production of First 512GB UFS Package for Mobile Devices
Sherri Watson | 05 December, 2017, 19:42

A full, 5GB HD video can be transferred from 512GB chip to a solid-state hard drive in about six seconds, Samsung says, which is over eight times faster than it takes to transfer one from a typical microSD card.

It is likely (though not confirmed) we could see this utilized in Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S9 phones.

That side of the company is making news today by announcing the industry's first 512 GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS).

Samsung also injected its 512GB eUFS solution with a new of proprietary technologies, including an advanced circuit design and new power management technology in the controller to minimize energy consumption. Samsung's 512GB eUFS is composed of eight stacks of 64-layer 512 gigabit (Gb) V-NAND and a controller, doubling the memory of the 256GB eUFS while maintaining the same size, according to ZDNet. Imagine pairing a ton of storage alongside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC), or Samsung's recently announced Exynos 9810 (Samsung typically uses two SoCs for its flagship phones, tapping its own silicon for models that ship internationally and Qualcomm's hardware for United States variants).

As for random read speeds, Samsung says that the 512GB eUFS has a read speed of 42,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) and write speed of 40,000 IOPS. The chips should also have applications in cars, laptops, tablets, and other devices that need power-efficient, high capacity storage. The company added it would expand production of 256Gb V-NAND chips, while it would be aggressive in ramping up the newer 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips. Compare that to the 100 IOPS that conventional MicroSD cards read and you have about a 400x improvement in performance. This kind of speed means that users should have seamless multimedia experiences on their mobile devices.

It's possible Samsung includes these new chips in its next-gen smartphones, including the still-unannounced Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, both expected to launch sometime next year. Samsung did mention on its press release that the 512GB eUFS will be used for its "upcoming flagship smartphones and tablets".