Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Samsung Starts Producing First 512GB Universal Flash Storage

Samsung Starts Producing First 512GB Universal Flash Storage

After Samsung announced its Exynos 9810, which would no doubt be found running in the upcoming flagship, the company is back with another announcement, which suggests that the smartphone could feature tons of internal storage.

It was nearly two years ago that Samsung announced that it was kicking off mass-production of 256GB storage chips implementing the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 interface boasting speeds of up to 850MB/s for sequential reads and 260MB/s for writes. But come next year, we should see that number double as Samsung has announced that it has begun manufacturing 512GB embedded storage for phones. From the days of 4GB of built-in memory to the current 256GB of internal storage, it sure has been a huge jump.

"The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones by overcoming potential limitations in system performance that can occur with the use of micro SD cards", said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Unsurprisingly, you won't find any mention of the Galaxy S9 or Note 9 in the press release.

Coming to the intricate details of the announcement, this 512GB of eUFS storage comprises up of eight 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips and a controller chip, all stacked together.

Soon you won't need to worry about running out of space on your new smartphone so quickly. 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.

The new eUFS storage is also said to read 42,000 IOPS (input/output per second) and write 40,000 IOPS for random operation. According to the company, this is expected to meet the increase in demand for embedded mobile storage, SSDs, and removable memory cards with high density and performance. No, not really. That's why Samsung says it is going to steadily increase its production volume for both 512 GB and 256 GB V-NAND chips.

This seems to suggest Samsung is keen on equipping plenty of products with lots and lots of storage.

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