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Samsung starts large-scale production of 256 gigs embedded memory modules

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February 29, 2016

Earlier today, Samsung said it started the large-scale production of 256 gigabyte embedded memory modules using the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) version 2.0.

The new storage system can perform up to 850 megabytes per second or handle writes at 260 megabytes per second.

That's megabytes, not megabits. That means that a mobile device equipped with USB 3.0 will be able to suck up a lot of data in a hurry over the system.

Samsung's new storage solution is faster than solid state disks aimed at PCs or tablets. Will this revolutionize the industry? Time will tell.

To be sure, 256 gigabytes in a tiny smartphone sounds like a great idea until you consider that adding lots of memory to a device increases its cost significantly.

Which may explain why the new Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with just 32 GB aboard and has restored the Micro-SD card omitted from last year's Galaxy S6, despite the fact that Samsung's been making 128 GB UFS memory for 13 months already.

Maybe ARM-powered server makers might be more interested than device makers-- the prospect of power hungry but extremely fast memory inside small servers has plenty of appeal, and server buyers are willing to pay a premium for good performance.

Samsung added that it has more to come in this field, promising to “extend its premium storage line-ups that are based on its advanced V-NAND flash memory including the new 256 GB UFS, and increase their production volume in line with increases in global demand.”

There's no denying that the industry is moving rapidly towards miniaturization, delivered at a lower cost. There might be sometimes a small premium to pay, but companies don't really mind if it significantly increases the overall performance of the device.

Source: Samsung.

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