Samsung Starts Producing 512GB eUFS Chips, Will Galaxy S9 Have It?

Samsung Starts Producing 512GB eUFS Chips, Will Galaxy S9 Have It?
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Samsung has commenced the mass production of the 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) memory chip for mobile devices, the Korean firm announced Tuesday. Last year in February, the company unveiled the 256GB eUFS.

512GB eUFS – faster and more efficient

Samsung’s newest universal flash chip would have eight 64-layer 512GB V-NAND chips and a controller chip,  compared to the 48-layer 256Gb V-NAND based 256GB product. So, the Korean company has doubled the capacity, but kept the amount of space the same, notes AsiaToday. Samsung’s controller chip would be quick in altering the virtual addresses to physical ones by deploying its own mapping technology and would save more power.

Even though Samsung and other Android phones have not abandoned expandable storage through a microSD card completely, having more internal storage is always beneficial. Samsung’s latest chip is capable of reading new data at 860MB per second, and writing new data at 255MP per second. According to the South Korean electronics giant, the speed is around eight times faster than expandable storage.

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Samsung’s new chip is assisted by two full-duplex HS-Gear3 lanes with 5.8 GT/s data transfer rate per lane, and comes in the standard 11.5x13mm package. Additionally, over 130 files of 10 minutes 4K Ultra HD Videos can be saved with the new eUFS compared to the 13 same sized videos with 64 GB eUFS, a standard among existing smartphones.

Will the Galaxy S9 phone be fitted with 512GB eUFS?

Samsung also stated that the new chip would be compatible with SOCs from Samsung, Qualcomm and others supporting the UFS 2.1 specification.

“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.

Further, Han added that the company is taking a big leap by promising an early and consistent supply of advanced embedded storage to speed up the future launch of the premium smartphones across the world. As of now, the company has not revealed which of its future smartphones will have the mighty 512GB eUFS chip. However, there are good chances that the upcoming Galaxy S9 phone could be the one to get the expanded storage first.

Qualcomm has officially announced that Samsung is using the Snapdragon 845 for the Galaxy S9. Samsung uses Qualcomm chips in handsets shipped to the U.S., but offers Exynos elsewhere. Qualcomm has not revealed anything else about the phone, but a report from Forbes suggests that the chip would be a 10nm fabricated Snapdragon 845, featuring a new X20 LTE modem for 1.2-gigabit connectivity speeds and better reception, HDR video compatibility and so on.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 phone will be one of the most awaited phones next year. As rumors suggest, the smartphone would come in a new dark purple shade. Other usual shades would be gold, black, and blue. Reportedly, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ would be unveiled during the CES next year, according to VentureBeat. CES 2018 will kickstart on Jan. 8 and run till Jan. 12. The company is also expected to launch a backward-compatible DeX docking station that would enable owners to use the display as a touchpad or a virtual keypad for desktop apps.

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