Samsung starts mass-producing first ever 512GB chips for mobile devices

Samsung 512 GB eUFS chips for mobile devices enter mass production

Some tablets, including the iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface tablets, already offer 512GB of space for media content. Samsung says its new solution slims down the chips so that the increased storage capacity takes up the same amount of space as a 256GB chip would.

According to Samsung, its new 512GB eUFS offering features eight 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chip and a controller chip that stacked together in one single solution.

Now, the electronics giant has disclosed that it has begun production of 512GB UFS-based embedded storage chips designed "for use in next-generation mobile devices".

The 512GB memory chip is made of eight 64-layer 512Gb V-NAND chips that are joined by a controller chip.

"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.

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.

Samsung could be gearing up to use its new storage chip in the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Note 9 that could see the largest internal storage capacity to date in Galaxy devices. Nothing is impossible these days. Simply put, Samsung's new storage solution is able to stay power efficient even though it contains twice the number of cells compared to a 256GB eUFS.

"The new high-capacity eUFS enables a flagship smartphone to store approximately 130 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) video clips of a 10-minute duration", writes the Korean firm.

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.

It also boasts a random read speed of 42,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and a write speed of 40,000 IOPS. That means you only need about six seconds to transfer an HD video clip to an SSD, Samsung says. However, if the company starts using this storage module, we may be facing the prospects of losing the microSD card slot.

They 64-layer V-NAND chips should also do well in other embedded devices, which are expected to soon proliferate as 5G networks create possibilities for sophisticated devices in a great many locations. If you think otherwise, please share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comments!

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