Next year's flagships may use Samsung's new 512GB internal flash storage

Joanna Estrada
December 5, 2017

Mobile phone storage has evolved exponentially in the last few years. 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 USA variants).

The announcement was made yesterday in South Korea.

Samsung's 512GB eUFS solution utilizes eight 64-layer 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash memory chips and a controller chip, all stacked together.

"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, EVP of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. Samsung is also using a bunch of new technologies to increase performance and energy efficiency.

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it plans to start the mass production of the industry's first 512 gigabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) to meet the demand for higher capacities from mobile devices. The controller chip also helps by speeding up the process that converts logical block addresses to physical blocks. As you would expect, the unit also brings faster data transfer speeds of 860Mbps (read) and 256Mbps (write). While the company's press release does not specifically mention which version of the UFS interface had been implemented, Samsung did state that the storage package could attain "sequential read and writes reaching up to 860 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 255MB/s respectively" putting it very much in the ballpark of UFS 2.0.

For random operations, the new eUFS can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS. The outcome of this is that users can enjoy a seamless multi-media experience in addition to "file searching and video downloading in dual-app viewing mode".

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