Samsung Introduces 256GB Memory Chips For High-End Smartphones

Samsung introduces 256GB memory chip for smartphones

Samsung has announced that it’s mass-producing 256-gigabyte (GB)-embedded memory chips. An industry first, the chip boasts the largest storage capacity of any single memory chip designed for smartphones.

Double the size of the 128GB memory chip that the company debuted last year, Samsung’s new chip employs the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. Operating at 45,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS), the 256GB chips are more than twice as fast as the previous-generation UFS memory units. It also has double the read speed of the standard SSD (820MB per second), and its performance even surpasses that of the typical SATA-based SSD for PCs.

Samsung’s 256GB chips are designed to work with next-generation high-end smartphones that support USB 3.0 interface. According to Samsung, the new chip will allow smartphone owners to store exceptionally large files on their smartphones, including 4K movies and 360-degree videos made on the newly unveiled Samsung Gear 360. Thanks to the USB 3.0 interface, users will be able to quickly transfer hefty files like a 5GB Full-HD video clip (about the size of a 90-minute movie) in as little as 12 seconds. The full 256GB of memory can hold about 47 Full-HD movies. That’s all on a chip that’s even smaller than an external microSD card.

Speaking on the debut of the 256GB chips, Joo Sun Choi, the VP of Samsung’s memory division, said “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.” Choi also added that the company intends on “moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity” of both smartphone memory and upcoming SSD products.

Production of Samsung’s new 256GB memory chips has already begun. Going forward, the South Korean tech giant plans to increase the production volume of the chips according to global demand.

[Engadget via Samsung]

Photo Credit: Samsung

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