Samsung starts mass-producing first ever 512GB chips for mobile devices

Image Credit Venya Geskin

Image Credit Venya Geskin

Unlike iPhone and iPads, Samsung's phones and tablets do not offer as much built-in storage.

Even though Samsung is most well known for its flagship phones, it has a massive component business as well.

Samsung announced on December 5 that it had officially begun mass production on a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage chip - a first for the mobile industry.

"The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones", said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

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Coming to the intricate details of the announcement, this 512GB of eUFS storage comprises up of eight 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips and a controller chip, all stacked together. So as memory extremes increase on the high end we may see more phones with 256GBs of storage too.

On a side note, Samsung also announced plans to increase production of its 64-layer 512 Gb V-NAND chips as well as 256 Gb V-NAND chips to meet growing demand for mobile storage, SSDs and other products.

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.

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.

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With 512GB of storage, Samsung says you'll be able to store around 130 4K videos (3840 x 2160) that are each 10-minutes long on a smartphone. The company says that's about a tenfold increase over a 64GB eUFS, which lets users store about 13 of the equivalently sized videos.

Samsung is promising speeds of 860MB/s while reading and 255 MB/s while writing the data. That's eight times faster than a typical microSD card. According to Samsung, the random writes of the UFS package are approximately 400 times faster than the 100 IOPS speed of a conventional microSD card.

Finally, Samsung noted that it intends to "steadily" increase production volume for its 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips, while continuing to expand its 256Gb V-NAND production.

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