Samsung Announces 1TB Storage Chips

Haven’t we all be in a situation where we had to uninstall certain apps or delete images or documents, etc.? Especially when the warning of “Low storage space” is seen?
Yup. Been there, done that. But not anymore because Samsung has something great for you!
On the 30th of January, Samsung had announced about the world’s first 1TB eUFS, i.e. embedded universal Flash Storage. Read on to know more about this announcement.

Samsung’s 1TB Surprise –

Samsung is best known for making smartphones; but the company’s memory division — one of its most profitable units — just announced that it has begun mass-producing a 1TB flash storage chip for phones.

In 2018, the company had promoted its Galaxy Note 9 as “1 TB Ready”; but we noticed that it could be done only when you insert a 512 GB microSD card. Yet, it was the highest capacity that’s available till date, hence people were quite satisfied.

Now, the phones will be able to have one terabyte of storage with a single flash memory chip. Also, the devices would run 10 times faster than a normal standard memory card.

What can the 1TB Storage space do?

 “Powered by the company’s fifth-generation V-NAND; the new Universal Flash Storage offers 20x more storage than a 64GB internal memory; and 10x the speed of a typical microSD card for data-intensive applications.”

Samsung has already begun mass-producing the chip, which it claims has read speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. This is nearly twice the sequential read speed of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD; and faster than Samsung’s previous 512GB chip.

A device with the 1TB chip can reportedly store 260 10-minute, 4K videos. This is a massive amount that dwarfs the capabilities of current smartphones with lower-capacity eUFS chips. The 1TB chips will also have the same package size as its 512GB counterpart; so smartphones won’t need to get larger to accommodate the chips.

Basically you would be able to transfer a 5GB-sized full HD video in just five seconds to transfer; as opposed to nearly one minute with conventional microSD cards. Also, increased memory will enable better quality high-resolution video shooting thanks to faster random read speed, it said.

There’s no word on when they’ll be inside smartphones; but Samsung said it plans to increase production during the first half of this year.

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The Announcement by Samsung –

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology; today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first one-terabyte (TB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1; for use in next-generation mobile applications. Just four years after introducing the first UFS solution; the 128-gigabyte (GB) eUFS, Samsung has passed the much-anticipated terabyte threshold in smartphone storage. Smartphone enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy storage capacity comparable to a premium notebook PC; without having to pair their phones with additional memory cards.

“The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices,” said Cheol Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “What’s more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market.”

Specifications of the 1TB Internal Memory Performance –

Samsung plans to expand the production of its fifth-generation 512Gb V-NAND; at its Pyeongtaek plant in Korea throughout the first half of 2019; to fully address the anticipated strong demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers around the world.

Within the same package size (11.5mm x 13.0mm), the 1TB eUFS solution doubles the capacity of the previous 512GB version; by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s most advanced 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash memory and a newly developed proprietary controller. Smartphone users will now be able to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840×2160) format; whereas the 64GB eUFS widely used in many current high-end smartphones is capable of storing 13 videos of the same size.

The 1TB eUFS also possesses exceptional speed, allowing users to transfer large amounts of multimedia content in significantly reduced time. At up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MB/s), the new eUFS features approximately twice the sequential read speed of a typical 2.5-inch SATA solid state drive (SSD). This means that 5GB-sized full HD videos can be offloaded to an NVMe SSD in as fast as five seconds, which is 10 times the speed of a typical microSD card.

Comparison of Internal Memory Performance –

Furthermore, the random read speed has increased by up to 38 percent over the 512GB version; clocking in at up to 58,000 IOPS. Random writes are 500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card (100 IOPS), coming in at up to 50,000 IOPS. The random speeds allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames per second; and will enable smartphone users to take full advantage of the multi-camera capabilities in today and tomorrow’s flagship models.

Sounds good, but might this ship before the end of the year? The Samsung rumor mill is already speculating that the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 could include a 1TB model, but at this stage there is no concrete evidence. Keep an eye out for future leaks for more hints.

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Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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