Samsung starts production of 512GB eUFS chips, could appear in Galaxy S9

Image Credit Venya Geskin

Image Credit Venya Geskin

However, if Samsung opted to introduce 512GB of internal (eUFS) storage, it would likely mean the end for the Galaxy's much-loved SD card slot. The news came just days after the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were unveiled both of which incorporated UFS 2.0 onboard storage in either 32GB or 64GB capacities.

However that could change in the future as Samsung has recently announced that they have begun to mass produce what they are calling an industry first, which is 512GB of embedded Universal File Storage (eUFS).

With Samsung's new 512GB eUFS storage, the South Korean company will soon be able to manufacture smartphones or tablets that have built-in flash storage that's the same as or even more than some desktop or laptop computers.

The new solution will provide a huge boost for storage on flagship phones, as well as another product for the strong performing division of Samsung to continue growth. Samsung's 512GB eUFS is composed of eight stacks of 64-layer 512 gigabit (Gb) V-NAND and a controller, doubling the memory of the 256GB eUFS while maintaining the same size, according to ZDNet.

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Even though Samsung is most well known for its flagship phones, it has a massive component business as well. The 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND's advanced circuit design and new power management technology in the 512GB eUFS' controller minimize the inevitable increase in energy consumed, which is particularly noteworthy since the new 512GB eUFS solution contains twice the number of cells compared to a 256GB eUFS.

The new eUFS storage is also said to read 42,000 IOPS (input/output per second) and write 40,000 IOPS for random operation.

Samsung says the read and write speeds have also improved.

On a related note, Samsung intends to steadily increase an aggressive production volume for its 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips, in addition to expanding its 256Gb V-NAND production. With 512GB of onboard storage, it would, for most people, eliminate the need for supplementary storage options, such as microSD cards. Samsung did mention on its press release that the 512GB eUFS will be used for its "upcoming flagship smartphones and tablets".

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