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Samsung Unveils 256-Gigabyte Chip

NicoleMotta - February 25, 2016 - 12:17 PM
Samsung Unveils 256-Gigabyte Chip
On Thursday, Samsung introduced a new universal flash storage chip for smartphones that can hold up to 256GB.

"Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced that it is now mass producing the industry's first 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, for next-generation high-end mobile devices," said the company in its announcement. The new chip features "outstanding performance for mobile devices that exceeds that of a typical SATA-based SSD for PCs." It is based on the company's most advanced V-NAND flash memory chips and a specially-designed high-performance controller and can handle up to 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing, respectively. The previous generation of UFS memory can handle up to 19,000 and 14,000 IOPS, respectively. This chip is capable of supporting seamless Ultra HD video playback while multitasking on phablets and tablets which means users can watch a 4K Ultra HD movie while searching IMDc for the cast in split-screen mode. The 256GB capacity also allows for quite a bit of storage on the device; according to Samsung, about 47 full HD movies can fit on one chip.

"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," said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung. "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."

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