Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Samsung Has Begun Production of 512GB Flash Storage For Next Gen Phones

Samsung Has Begun Production of 512GB Flash Storage For Next Gen Phones

512GB is double the storage offered by the most expensive iPhone X (£1149), for one, so Samsung could conceivably offer twice the capacity and improved performance for the same (or even a lower) price than Apple's flagship.

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.

The chip is constructed out of eight 64-layer V-NAND chips, the same memory chips that make up Samsung's 256GB chip, and a controller chip that translates commands into actions. Despite the increased number of layers, it still have the same size as the company's previous 48-layer V-NAND 256GB solution.

Even though Samsung is most well known for its flagship phones, it has a massive component business as well. Now, Samsung Electronics has announced that it has begun mass production of the industry's first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution for use in next-generation mobile devices.

Store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3840 × 2160) video clips of a 10-minute duration (10x increase over 64GB eUFS storage).


As for raw performance, Samsung's 512GB eUFS boasts sequential read and write speeds of up to 860MB/s and 255MB/s, respectively.

For random operations, the new eUFS can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS. That translates to being able to transfer a 5GB Full HD video clip to an SSD in about six seconds, which is about eight times faster than a typical microSD card. Compare that to the 100 IOPS that conventional MicroSD cards read and you have about a 400x improvement in performance.

Jaesoo Han, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics says the following about company's vision in paving the way for mobile phones to exhibit higher levels of internal storage. 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".

It's possible Samsung includes these new chips in its next-gen smartphones, including the still-unannounced Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, both expected to launch sometime next year.

This time it's named "upcoming flagship smartphones and tablets" as the ideal application.

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