Samsung Electronics has announced it has begun mass production of the mobile phone industry's first 256-gigabyte embedded memory chip.
The new chip based on the Universal Flash Storage 2.0 standard, from Samsung will exceed that of most sold-state drives found on many personal computers, according to a press release from the South Korea-based company.
“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,” Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung Electronics, said in a news release. “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.”
The new chip is capable of supporting seamless Ultra HD (high definition) video playback and multitasking functionality on large-screen mobile devices, as well as increased data storage. According to Samsung's news release, one 256 GB UFS chip can store approximately 47 HD movies. The chip – smaller than an external micro SD card — will also facilitate faster data transfers between mobile devices, allowing users to send a 5-gigabyte HD video clip (the size of an approximately 90-minute movie) in 12 seconds.
Samsung's new chip increases multitasking functionality on large-screen mobile devices such as tablet computers, allowing for watching Ultra HD movies on a split screen or while searching image files or downloading other videos. The chips are also smaller than standard external Micro SD cards, giving smartphone and tablet manufacturers more design flexibility, according to Samsung's news release.
The UFS chip handles up to 45,000 input/output operations per second for random reading and 40,000 IOPS for random writing, which more than doubles the capability of previous-generation UFS memory. For sequential reading, the chip moves data at up to 850 megabits per second, nearly twice as fast as a typical solid-state drive, and it supports sequential writing speeds up to 260 Mbps, almost triple that of a standard SSD. Samsung's latest chip doubles the capacity of the 128-gigabyte UFS-based chip it introduced last February.