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Samsung Unveils 256 GB Mobile Flash Storage

As the race to pack more and more data into chips that are smaller and smaller continues, Samsung, the global leader in storage technology, has recently unveiled a 256-gigabyte embedded memory utilizing the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 platform. Meant specifically for next-gen mobile devices, including upcoming smartphones, production of the new memory has already begun en masse. Moreover, Samsung has already made plans to ramp up their production efforts as consumer interest and demand begins to climb.

Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of the Memory Sales and Marketing division of Samsung Electronics, spoke briefly about their new UFS memory by saying: "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. 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."

Key Features

There are a number of key features to Samsung's new UFS memory that are already turning heads across the industry. For starters, the memory is capable of accommodating 45,000 / 40,000 input / output operations per second, or IOPS, which makes it more than twice as fast as UFS 1.0.

Sequential reading speeds of UFS 2.0 are capable of reaching as high as 850 MB/s, which is almost double that of most SATA SSDs in use today. As far as sequential writing goes, the new UFS 2.0 platform supports speeds as high as 260 MB/s, which is nearly three times as fast as modern microSD cards.

Moreover, with next-gen smartphones and devices providing full support for USB 3.0 connectivity, consumers will experience a noticeable difference when it comes to transferring files and data between such hardware. According to reports, a file that is 5 GB in size can be transferred in approximately 12 seconds. Once you consider that this is equivalent to a HD video clip that is roughly 90 minutes in length, you can start to see exactly how fast this is.

Lastly, Samsung's new UFS 2.0 memory chip is smaller in physical size than that of an external microSD card, which provides even greater versatility when it comes to the design of next-gen smartphones and devices.

As you can see, the new format makes quick work of HD video files, uncompressed audio data and more. Furthermore, given the tiny size of UFS 2.0 memory chips, it's safe to say that we'll be seeing devices that are even smaller than those we have now. Exactly how small this technology will be able to go in the coming years is anybody's guess.

About Samsung

Samsung has been a well-known entity pretty much since its inception all the way back in 1938. While the division of Samsung Electronics wasn't established until 1969, some 31 years later, the brand has enjoyed a great deal of success in electronics of all kinds. For further information about Samsung, including details on their storied history, a comprehensive product portfolio and more, please visit their official website at www.samsung.com.

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