Samsung starts production of world's first 512GB embedded flash storage

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Jaesoo Han, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics says the following about company's vision in paving the way for mobile phones to exhibit higher levels of internal storage. There will always be use for large internal storage space - as media files increase in size because of the proliferation of 4K content, and as data connection speeds get better so that you can now download files with larger sizes.

This brings us to Samsung's announcement of the 512GB eUFS chip that should provide "unparalleled storage capacity and outstanding performance for upcoming flagship smartphones and tablets".

More than a year ago, Samsung announced that the mass production of the new 256 GB UFS storage modules had begun. Samsung says the chip consists of eight 64-layer 512GB V-NAND chips, but what's interesting is that although it doubles the storage and density of Samsung's 256GB chip, it takes up the same amount of physical space.

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.

It's possible Samsung includes these new chips in its next-gen smartphones, including the still-unannounced Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, both expected to launch sometime next year. Nothing is impossible these days. Samsung claims that the 512GB chip can hold approximately 130 ten minute 4K Ultra HD videos, which is good news for all the phones that come with 4K video recording capability.

The Samsung 512GB eUFS also features strong read and write performance. While the company's press release does not specifically mention which version of the UFS interface had been implemented, Samsung did state that the storage package could attain "sequential read and writes reaching up to 860 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 255MB/s respectively" putting it very much in the ballpark of UFS 2.0. With 512GB of onboard storage, it would, for most people, eliminate the need for supplementary storage options, such as microSD cards. Let us know in the comments.

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