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posted by martyb on Friday February 26 2016, @08:53AM   Printer-friendly
from the from-empty-to-full-in-five-minutes dept.

Samsung has announced a 256 GB memory part based on the UFS 2.0 mobile standard, and it can reach faster sequential read speeds than commonplace SATA 3.0 (600 MB/s) SSDs:

Samsung announced the industry's first 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, which is meant to replace the eMMC standard. Samsung says that its new UFS 2.0 drive is faster even than some SATA-based SSDs for PCs.

[...] The new embedded storage module is based on Samsung's own V-NAND technology and comes with a "specially-designed high-performance controller." The latest UFS 2.0 memory supports up to 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing, respectively. That is twice as fast as the previous UFS generation that supported 19,000 and 14,000 IOPS for random read and write workloads.

Samsung's 256GB module achieves up to 850MB/s sequential read speed, which is twice as fast as many SATA SSDs. It also supports up to 256MB/s sequential write speed, which Samsung says is three times faster than what high-performance microSD cards can currently achieve.

[...] The new storage chip should be available in products by the end of the year.

UFS 2.0 parts could potentially reach even higher speeds:

While the new NAND definitely is part of the speed improvement, it couldn't have been achieved without an increase of the interface bandwidth. The new memory today is the first announced UFS 2.0 solution based on a 2-lane interface. The UFS 2.0 standard defines a lane running at up to HS Gear 3 at up to 600MB/s, so doubling up of the lanes gives a theoretical maximum of 1.2GB/s. It'll definitely be interesting to see what devices adopt this storage solution in the near future.


[Note: A comment on the AnandTech story claims "That's not true.Hynix announced half a year ago a HS G3x2 lane solution. And Toshiba must have announced their first one maybe a year before that." -Ed.]

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Samsung has announced that it is producing 64-layer 512 GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) NAND chips for smartphones and other mobile devices. The chips boast 860 MB/s sequential read and 255 MB/s sequential write speeds, and 42k/40k random read/write IOPS.

Toshiba has announced its own 64-layer UFS chips ranging from 32 GB to 256 GB.

Also at Engadget and ZDNet.

Previously: Samsung 256 GB UFS 2.0 Phone Storage is Faster than some SATA SSDs
Samsung to Offer New Type of Flash Memory Card


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Absolutely.Geek on Friday February 26 2016, @09:03AM

    by Absolutely.Geek (5328) on Friday February 26 2016, @09:03AM (#310071)

    But can we process enough data on a phone SoC to make this worth the trouble? It is not like they are stuffing an i7 into a phone any time soon.

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    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by wonkey_monkey on Friday February 26 2016, @09:27AM

      by wonkey_monkey (279) on Friday February 26 2016, @09:27AM (#310073) Homepage

      But can we process enough data on a phone SoC to make this worth the trouble?

      You don't need an i7 to want your phone to be quicker at reading/writing data.

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    • (Score: 2) by legont on Saturday February 27 2016, @03:45AM

      by legont (4179) on Saturday February 27 2016, @03:45AM (#310498)

      but can I install it on my ThinkPad T43?

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  • (Score: 2) by coolgopher on Friday February 26 2016, @12:30PM

    by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 26 2016, @12:30PM (#310104)
    So soon I might be able to run UFS 2 [wikipedia.org] on UFS 2.0 [wikipedia.org] with my BSD system then.

    Alright, alright, maybe not soon - Linux will get the drivers first.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by fnj on Friday February 26 2016, @01:01PM

    by fnj (1654) on Friday February 26 2016, @01:01PM (#310112)

    UFS has been the Unix File System for DECADES. And UFS2 dates back to FreeBSD 5.0.

    Universal Flash Storage, get your own goddam acronym, idiots. Sheesh.

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday February 26 2016, @02:16PM

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Friday February 26 2016, @02:16PM (#310145) Journal

      Haha, that's pretty bad.

      Although in their defense, aside from stories like this, almost nobody will encounter the initialism, especially not the people using the phones.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 27 2016, @06:24AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 27 2016, @06:24AM (#310543)

        Good point, no one's going to run UNIX, nor have a file system (other than FAT), on a cell phone.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 26 2016, @08:04PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 26 2016, @08:04PM (#310323)

    Since Apple can't innovate like Samsung they resort to suing for patent infringement. It would be nice if Apple could innovate like this. Expect them to respond to this innovation by suing Samsung for having a touchscreen with a power button or something. That's our patent system.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 26 2016, @08:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 26 2016, @08:34PM (#310335)

      (and, chances are, Apple will eventually make similar technologies. The difference is that Apple won't get sued by Samsung unless it's to retaliate for a lawsuit Apple initiated).

    • (Score: 2) by Farkus888 on Friday February 26 2016, @10:55PM

      by Farkus888 (5159) on Friday February 26 2016, @10:55PM (#310367)

      Just be ready for all the Apple nerds to talk about how Apple invented this in 3-5 years. Just like that crazy wireless charging thing they just came up with.