Samsung begins mass production on 512 GB flash storage

Samsung begins mass production on 512 GB flash storage

Samsung begins mass production on 512 GB flash storage

There will always be use for large internal storage space - as media files increase in size because of the proliferation of 4K content, and as data connection speeds get better so that you can now download files with larger sizes. To account for the growing storage needs in mobile, Samsung has begun mass producing the industry's first 512-gigabyte (GB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution for use in next generation smartphones and tablets. Samsung says the chip consists of eight 64-layer 512GB V-NAND chips, but what's interesting is that although it doubles the storage and density of Samsung's 256GB chip, it takes up the same amount of physical space.

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.

MicroSD storage seems to be the main target with this innovation, as Samsung suggest embedded storage is more stable and and less limiting than current external storage cards used in mobile devices. Nothing is impossible these days.

Of course Samsung's and other Android phones sometimes have the option of expandable storage through a MicroSD chip, but internal storage has its benefits. So as memory extremes increase on the high end we may see more phones with 256GBs of storage too.

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According to Samsung, the 512GB eUFS package enables a flagship smartphone to store approximately 130 4K (3840×2160) videos of 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.

On the performance side of things, the 512GB chip has read speeds that max out at 860MB/s and write speeds of 255MB/s. That's eight times faster than a typical microSD card.

As we don't know how long the firm's been holding onto the technology, it's tough to say whether it will make the cut - but if it was on the assembly line before the Galaxy S9 entered production at the beginning of last month, it could very well be on board.

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