Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Samsung 512GB storage for phones now in production

Samsung 512GB storage for phones now in production

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.

In one of the most interesting developments, Samsung has reportedly kicked off the mass production of 512GB eUFS storage modules for mobile phones.

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. The company yet has to confirm whether it will use the new storage solution for the Galaxy S9, but it is possible that the upcoming flagship smartphone from Samsung could have a 512 GB option.

Now, the electronics giant has disclosed that it has begun production of 512GB UFS-based embedded storage chips designed "for use in next-generation mobile devices".

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.

The structure of 512GB eUFS package. Source Samsung Electronics
The structure of 512GB eUFS package. Source Samsung Electronics

With 512GB of eUFS storage, Samsung says that a flagship smartphone would be able to store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) video clips of a 10 minute duration.

The 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND's advanced circuit design and new power management technology will potentially help the Galaxy S9 to exhibit better battery life. Also, the 512GB eUFS' controller chip is said to "speed up the mapping process for converting logical block addresses to those of physical blocks".

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

On a related note, Samsung intends to steadily increase an aggressive production volume for its 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips, in addition to expanding its 256Gb V-NAND production. To transfer a 5GB Full HD video clip to an SSD, it'd take just six seconds (eight times faster than what most microSD cards are capable of). 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.

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