Samsung is back in the labs, this time producing the industry’s first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS). According to the firm, this new chip boasts incredible speed and is being developed for “next generation” smartphones, which could include the tentatively titled Samsung Galaxy S9.
While consumers won’t care too much about the technology that goes into these new beasts, Samsung will catch the eyes of those looking for strong read and write performances from their mobile storage. The 512GB eUFS has a sequential read and write speed that reaches up to 860 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 255MB/s respectively, which Samsung states is about eight times faster than a typical microSD card.
In fact, while traditional microSDs tout 100 IOPS speed, which determines how quickly the card can process random actions, Samsung’s new proprietary can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS, which is 400 times faster.
The company delves into the technical aspects of its new UFS, stating that it consists of eight 64-layer 512GB V-NAND chips, doubling the previous 48-layer V-NAND-based 256GB eUFS in the same amount of space.
Alternatively, Samsung puts it this way – where its 64GB eUFS could once store 13 Ultra-HD video clips with a duration of 10 minutes, this new chip can handle ten times the amount, storing around 130, thanks to its new proprietary tech that maximises performance and efficiency.
Samsung has also been paying attention to the state of affairs regarding new smartphone launches, with many of them being hindered by shortages that ultimately cause delays in customers’ receiving their devices. This will be avoided “by assuring an early, stable supply of this advanced embedded storage,” to make sure that the company is “contributing to timely launches of next-generation mobile devices by mobile manufacturers around the world,” according to Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.
While not officially confirmed, it is more than likely that we will see this new technology in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 successor next year,alongside a rumoured Snapdragon 845 in the US, while its UK counterpart might contain the proprietary Samsung Exynos processor instead. It is similarly likely that Samsung's new eUFS will appear in many other mobile phones throughout 2018, as the company is far from shy about licensing its technology.
KitGuru Says: Even though these are internal tests that Samsung is boasting about, it’s still a huge improvement over predecessors. It’d be easy to see this as the new standard, depending on the expense of production. What do you want to see in smartphones throughout 2018?