Samsung Unveils Blazing Fast UFS 4.0 Storage To Supercharge 5G Phones And VR Headsets

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When it comes to smartphone storage, capacity is what usually takes center stage. Storage type matters too, and Samsung is poised to facilitate a new generation of 5G handsets and other devices with the industry’s first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 storage solution running at twice the speed of UFS 3.1. .
That translates to a whopping 23.2 gigabits per second (Gbps) per lane, a bandwidth that Samsung says is “perfect for 5G smartphones that require massive amounts of data processing.” Samsung also expects its UFS 4.0 storage solution to be adopted in future automotive applications, as well as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets. Bonus points to Samsung for resisting the urge to mention the metaverse, a buzzword that always seems to attach itself to announcements like this.

“Working with smartphone and consumer device manufacturers around the world, we are working vigorously to foster an ecosystem for UFS 4.0 to drive the market for high-performance mobile storage solutions,” Samsung said.

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Samsung’s UFS 4.0 solution uses the company’s 7th generation V-NAND flash memory combined with a proprietary controller to facilitate up to 4200MB/s of sequential read performance and up to 2800MB/s of performance sequential writing. These metrics, if they hold up in real-world testing, represent gains of 2X and 1.6X, respectively, over UFS 3.1.

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“Power efficiency has also been improved,” says Samsung. “UFS 4.0 will deliver a sequential read speed of 6.0 MB/s per mA, which is a 46% improvement over the previous generation so that end users can get the most out of the lifespan of their battery.”

The new storage will be offered in a range of capacities up to 1TB and in a compact package measuring 11mm x 13mm x 1mm. So the net gain here is faster, more power-efficient storage without sacrificing thrust for ever thinner and more compact devices.

Samsung’s UFS 4.0 solution has already been approved by JEDEC and will enter mass production in the third quarter of this year. This means that we could eventually see new phones and other devices switch to UFS 4.0 storage by the end of the year.

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