Samsung intros 256 GB flash memory chips
Samsung Electronics has announced the industry’s first 256 GB embedded memory, based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. The new memory will provide higher performance than older memory standards and next to this more capacity. Samsung believes that the company’s new memory will be used in the next generation high-end mobile devices. An interesting fact is that the new Samsung memory is faster than typical SATA-based solid-state drives for desktop computers.
“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity in all three markets.”
The new Samsung memory has three crucial features – ultra fast speed, large data capacity and compact chip size. The memory is based on Samsung’s most advanced V-NAND flash memory technology and uses a specially-designed high-performance controller. This new UFS memory reaches 45 000 and 40 000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing, which is more than two times faster than the IOPS results of the previous generation UFS memory.
The 256 GB memory chips use two data transfer lanes and thanks to this they can read at up to 850 MB/sec, which is nearly twice as fast as most desktop SSDs. Writes are a bit slower at 260 MB/sec, but even then the write speed is about three times faster than high-performance external microSD cards. Thanks to this the new Samsung 256 GB UFS memory can support seamless Ultra HD video playback and multitasking on large-screen mobile devices, such as watching 4K videos on a split screen. Moreover the 256 GB memory chip provides unmatched storage capacity, which is enough space for around 47 Full HD movies.
The new memory will soon power next generation smartphones but the exact time period for their appearance is unknown. We expect the new 256 GB UFS Samsung memory to achieve wide adoption next year.