Next year's flagships may use Samsung's new 512GB internal flash storage

Samsung Starts Producing First 512-Gigabyte Universal Flash Storage for Next-Generation Mobile Devices

Samsung says this is particularly noteworthy, given that its 512GB eUFS solution contains twice the number of cells as its 256GB eUFS solution.

It was nearly two years ago that Samsung announced that it was kicking off mass-production of 256GB storage chips implementing the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 interface boasting speeds of up to 850MB/s for sequential reads and 260MB/s for writes. Although most flagships stop at 128 GB these days, the tech giant continues its push in this market by starting to manufacture the first 512 GB eUFS embedded storage solution.

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. Samsung is utilizing their own 64-layer 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND chips for these, which will give you speedy copy and write speeds even at this size. Obviously, these chips are being used in more than just mobile phones, since SSDs and high-performance removable memory cards also take advantage of their performance and reliability.

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The 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND's advanced circuit design and new power management technology will potentially help the Galaxy S9 to exhibit better battery life.

With 512GB of eUFS storage, Samsung says that a flagship smartphone would be able to store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) video clips of a 10 minute duration. Compared to a 64GB chip that could only hold 13 of these videos, that's a massive increase.

To maximize the performance and energy efficiency of the new 512GB eUFS, Samsung has introduced a new set of proprietary technologies. Also, the 512GB eUFS' controller chip is said to "speed up the mapping process for converting logical block addresses to those of physical blocks". That translates to being able to transfer a 5GB Full HD video clip to an SSD in about six seconds, which is about eight times faster than a typical microSD card. However, if the company starts using this storage module, we may be facing the prospects of losing the microSD card slot. When it comes to random operations, Samsung's 512 GB eUFS offers up to 42,000/40,000 read/write IOPS, similar to the predecessors featuring 48-layer 256 Gb V-NAND ICs.

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