Samsung Touts First Embedded 512 Gigabyte Flash Storage for Mobile Devices

Samsung Touts First Embedded 512 Gigabyte Flash Storage for Mobile Devices

Samsung Touts First Embedded 512 Gigabyte Flash Storage for Mobile Devices

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.

With Samsung's new 512GB eUFS storage, the South Korean company will soon be able to manufacture smartphones or tablets that have built-in flash storage that's the same as or even more than some desktop or laptop computers.

The new solution will provide a huge boost for storage on flagship phones, as well as another product for the strong performing division of Samsung to continue growth. Samsung claims that the 512GB chip can hold approximately 130 ten minute 4K Ultra HD videos, which is good news for all the phones that come with 4K video recording capability.

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. Today's handsets are capable of shooting 4K resolution videos, taking detailed photos, and playing increasingly larger and more complex games.

Samsung says that it has introduced a new set of proprietary technologies to maximize performance and energy efficiency. The controller chip also helps by speeding up the process that converts logical block addresses to physical blocks. The company states that the package enables transferring a 5GB-equivalent Full HD video clip to an SSD in about six seconds-making it over eight times faster than 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.

Samsung didn't say which of its upcoming new phones will get the 512GB eUFS first.

Would you still be interested in picking up the Galaxy S9 if it shipped with 500GB of internal flash storage instead of a microSD slot?

Finally, Samsung noted that it intends to "steadily" increase production volume for its 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips, while continuing to expand its 256Gb V-NAND production. It's a remote possibility for now, and even if flagships are released with variants having 512GB of storage, they are sure to be priced extremely high.

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