To date, Samsung remains one of the best manufacturers for solid state/flash storage devices. Apart from flash storage for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices, the company also produces SSDs for desktops and laptops. Intended for use in mobile gadgets, the company just announced its commencement of production for the 512 GB eUFS flash storage chips.
Last Wednesday, Samsung revealed its plans to spend Rs 4,915 crore to expand its Noida plant on an additional 35 acres of land.
512 GB eUFS flash storage chips may arrive sooner than we think
Compared to the company’s previous 48-layer 256 GB Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution, the new eUFS implements 64-layer V-NAND chips. Instead of reducing the flash storage’s cell size, Samsung’s V-NAND solution employs technology in which the cells stack on top of each other. Samsung also touts read and write speeds of up to 860Mb/s and 255Mb/s, respectively, for the 512 GB eUFS chip. In addition, random read and write speeds come with a 42,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 40,000 IOPS rating. This out-speeds conventional microSD cards up to 400 times faster.
The new 512 Gb eUFS controller chip also speeds up mapping processes for “converting logical block addresses to physical blocks,” noted Samsung. In just six seconds, the chip can transfer 5 Gb full HD video to an SSD.
To minimize inevitable energy consumption increase in the 512 eUFS chips, Samsung implemented new power-management technology, and a more advanced circuit design. Especially since the 512 Gb eUFS solution holds two times more cells than a 256 Gb one, this feat could be worth noting.
The Galaxy S9 could have a 512 GB storage option
In terms of internal storage, 256GB smartphones remain difficult to come by even today, but Samsung plans on producing more of this V-NAND, as well. Thus, it could take a while for 512 Gb devices to proliferate any time soon. The possibility, however, poses great potential for the future of mobile tech. Some might even speculate the company’s next flagship, the Galaxy S9, coming in at a 512 Gb option.