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Samsung starts mass-producing first ever 512GB chips for mobile devices

Samsung starts mass-producing first ever 512GB chips for mobile devices

There will always be use for large internal storage space - as media files increase in size because of the proliferation of 4K content, and as data connection speeds get better so that you can now download files with larger sizes. The new 512GB eUFS package uses Samsung's latest 64-layer 512-gigabit V-NAND chips, and is said to provide "unparalleled storage capacity" and "outstanding performance for upcoming smartphones and tablets".

Samsung announced on December 5 that it had officially begun mass production on a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage chip - a first for the mobile industry. "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".

When looking at most flagship phones these days, it's no trouble to find one with 64GB, 128GB, or even 256GB of internal storage.

The new 512GB UFS increases the density of the 256GB eUFS storage from 48 layers to 64 layers and also includes a controller chip. Simply put, Samsung's new storage solution is able to stay power efficient even though it contains twice the number of cells compared to a 256GB eUFS.

With 512GB of storage, Samsung says you'll be able to store around 130 4K videos (3840 x 2160) that are each 10-minutes long on a smartphone. Using UFS proved to be the right decision for Samsung, as it achieved much better performance than eMMC, which was predominantly used by Android phones at the time.

As for raw performance, Samsung's 512GB eUFS boasts sequential read and write speeds of up to 860MB/s and 255MB/s, respectively.

For random operations, the new eUFS can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS.

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.

They 64-layer V-NAND chips should also do well in other embedded devices, which are expected to soon proliferate as 5G networks create possibilities for sophisticated devices in a great many locations.


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