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Samsung breaks terabyte threshold for smartphone storage

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Samsung breaks terabyte threshold for smartphone storage Samsung Electronics

South Korean digital behemoth Samsung Electronics says it has begun mass production of the world's first one-terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1, for use in next-generation mobile applications.

In a statement, the company said this meant that smartphone users would soon be able to have storage capacity similar to that on a premium laptop, with no need to add memory cards to their phones.

The one-terabyte solution has the same size of its 512GB predecessor – 11.5mm x 13.0mm. It doubles capacity by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s 512-gigabit V-NAND flash memory and a newly developed proprietary controller.

The storage afforded by the new solution means 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.

Samsung said the 1TB eUFS also had exceptional speed, allowing users to transfer large amounts of multimedia content in much less time.

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"At up to 1000 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)," the company said.

"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.

"Furthermore, the random read speed has increased by up to 38% 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."

“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 and 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.”

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