Korean tech giants Samsung recently announced an embedded memory chip with a storage capacity of 256GB that is targeted for Premium Smartphones. The Samsung UFS chip is said to be more compact than the regular MicroSD cards are based on Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard.
This was really unprecedented as most Smartphone manufacturers have focused on improving many other areas of a Smartphone such as display, battery life, design et al with just a little improvement in the storage capacity.
Indeed this new chip has put Samsung on the forefront in the Tech world as the Samsung UFS chip is rumoured to double the speed of SATA-based storage devices as can be found on Laptops and PC’s. The chip is also believed to outperform MicroSD cards as it is three times faster.
To achieve such incredible speed, the Samsung UFS chip has and is able to use dual data transfer lanes resulting in 850 MB per second (850MB/s) reading pace and 260 MB per second (260MB/s) for sequential writing.
According to the Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung, “We are determined to further the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by moving aggressively to enhance performance areas and capacity in all three markets. By providing high-capacity UFS memory chip 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.”
To help you really understand the ability of the Samsung UFS chip, using a USB 3.0 you’ll be able to transfer a 5GB Full HD movie in about 12 seconds. To make foster the possibility of these impressive figures, Samsung is targeting only high-end flagship smartphones for the Samsung UFS chip.
With the introduction of features such as 4k recording and display on new flagship smartphones, the need for a memory chip that can handle the features optimally would only provide users with a better experience.
We can’t wait to see the Samsung UFS chip on a Smartphone, latest iPhone 7 rumours suggest that there would be a 256GB version of the iPhone 7, could it be that the Samsung UFS chip would be used in the iPhone 7? Samsung Note 6 is also yet to launch, Samsung may also decide to debut the chip on her own flagship smartphone.
According to Samsung, the UFS chip will go into mass production when demand from OEMs increase.
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