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The first 1TB storage chip for smartphones from Samsung

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This week, the tech giant Samsung officially introduced the industry’s first 1 TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) chip for smartphones. The terabyte-sized native storage solution will considerably enrich the company’s mobile devices, eliminating the need to install additional microSD cards for handling large capacities. Samsung has already begun mass production of the storage chip, however there is no clear indication of when they will be installed in smartphones.

 

“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.”

 

The new eUFS memory chip measures the same 11.5mm x 13.0mm as the company’s previously produced 512 GB version, and works by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung’s most advanced 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash memory. This will enable smartphone users to store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) format.

 

In addition to providing massive storage, the new eUFS solution is ten times faster than a typical microSD card. This 1 TB option reaches reading speeds of 1000 MB/s, and writing speeds of 260 MB/s,  transferring a 5 GB-sized full HD video file in barely five seconds, compared with approximately one minute for conventional microSD cards. Moreover, owing to faster random read speed, Samsung’s smartphone users will able to take full advantage of the multi-camera capabilities, with continuous high-speed shooting at 960 frames per second.

 

It is anticipated that the upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup will most likely include a high-end model with 12GB of RAM, and a whooping 1 TB of storage thanks to this new eUFS technology.