Samsung Announces 256 GB UFS Memory Chip Aimed at High-End Smartphones

By WPG AmericasMarch 4, 2016

Making splashes in the memory chip market with its recent eMMC 5.1 and ePOP announcements, Samsung is now going to mass produce the industry’s first 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded memory packages modeled on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. With potentials to become the standard memory technology for the next generation of high-end mobile devices, this technology is pegged as a viable storage medium for the future, replacing the micro SD card In a recent press release, Samsung revealed that the embedded memory comes with features to outperform typical SATA-based SSD used in PCs, clearly upping the mobile memory game.

“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 of Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. Choi further stated, “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.”

While the new UFS memory chip is designed to support large data volumes in compact chip size that’s smaller than a micro SD card, it’s going to make it possible for high-end smartphones to operate at ultra-high speed. It’s not only based on Samsung’s most advanced and compact V-NAND flash memory chips, but also takes advantage of a specially-designed high-performance controller. UFS 2.0 can manage 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing respectively—that’s more than twice the IOPS of previous generations of UFS memory.

In terms of sequential reading, the 256GB UFS 2.0 chip utilizes two data transfer lanes which allows it to move data up at an impressive speed of 850 MB per second—nearly two times faster than the typical SATA-based SSD used in PCs. For sequential writing, it can handle up to 260MB per second—that’s over 3X faster than the most-high rated external micro SD cards.

According to Samsung, the new 256GB UFS memory chip will offer many benefit to the users—unmatched data capacity (enough to store about 47 full HD movies) and more seamless multitasking, such as watching 4K Ultra HD movies on a split screen, while browsing image files or downloading video clips.

Plus, the next generation smartphones supported by USB 3.0 will make things even better. With USB 3.0 interface, users will be able to send a 5GB-equivalent Full-HD video clip (average 90-min. movie size) in 12 seconds. This new storage environment will allow mobile users to make the most of Samsung’s UFS memory.

When it comes to its integration with smartphone design, the ultra-compact UFS memory chips that are even smaller than an external micro SD card will offer greater design flexibility to smartphone manufacturers.

Samsung announced its 128GB UFS memory in February 2015, and the tech giant has doubled the capacity and speed of UFS memory in just one year. The company has plans to extend its range of premium storage memory chip and amp up production volume as global demand increases.

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