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Samsung introduces blazing-fast 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chip, can we say Galaxy Note 6?

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Samsung introduces blazing-fast 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chip, can we say Galaxy Note 6?

Craving to have as much native storage on your phone as possible? If yes, then your best bet at the moment is 128GB of built-in, native storage. Well, one of the leading manufacturers of flash memory—Samsung—just announced that it has started mass-producing 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chips that are aimed at and hopefully make their way to high-end smartphones in the near future.

The specifications of Sammy's newest memory chip are, to say the least, quite impressive! Touted as "paradigm shift", it can handle up to 45,000 and 40,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading and writing, respectively. To put that into perspective, it's enough to mention that the previous UFS generation is only able to hit 19,000 and 14,000 IOPS for random reading and writing. That's fast!

What's even more jaw-dropping is that Samsung's 256GB chip can perform sequential reads at up to 850MB/s. Yes, that's 850 megabytes, and yes, that's 1 second. This insane data transfer speed is not only on par with most desktop SATA SSD drives, it's actually smoking all but the high-end ones out of the water. Sequential writing speeds of Sammy's new chip can go up as high as 260MB/s, which is not on par with desktop SATA SSDs, but substantially outperforms any microSD card you might have.

“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” said Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President, Memory Sales and Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity in all three markets.”

Samsung says that the one of the main purposes of it's new 256GB UFS 2.0 memory chip will be 4K media consumption on high-end "large-screen mobile devices". But what if you don't want to watch 4K movies on your phone? Fine, don't - Samsung says you can fit roughly 47 1080p ones on its new chip. 

All sounds fine and dandy, but when will this new chip make its way to a device we can actually buy and use? Well, Samsung keeps mum on this, but we have an idea, which borders with wishful thinking. What's one of the high-end, "large-screen mobile device" that we are expecting to hit us by this year's end?

Here's a hint: it starts with "Sam" and ends with "sung Galaxy Note 6". Hopefully, that is!


source: Samsung 

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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:27 4

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


That storage alone will cost north of 300-400$, considering that it must use a PCIe bus over NVMe to get those speeds. I'm excited about this kind of storage though as it even puts Samsung 850 pro(arguably best SATA SSD on market) to shame on sequential reads.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:22

12. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


But then like how soon will this come to mobile devices?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:48 4

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Says it in production right? They could bust out 1M of these in a week's time I bet if not more.

Come on, bring it to the Note 6 and every Galaxy top end phone and tablet for next year.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:22

13. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


I have an 850 Evo myself, didn't see a need for the pro, and that only cost me a little over $300, so I'm not sure I get why you're thinking around $300-$400?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:35

15. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


This chip is much smaller than a 2.5" SSD. It's smaller then even microSD. Miniaturization costs a lot.

I'm also planning on 850 evo or Crucial BX100, The crucial one is super cheap though, way under 100$ for 256 GB.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:54

20. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


It's a 1TB drive, and not really, with how printing 3D V-Nand works, this is actually cheaper to produce per GB.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:00

23. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Hell, they even have 1TB mSATA for less than when I originally bought that drive.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:53

36. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


It's not smaller than a microSD card. Look at the Flash chip on your present phone. It should be the same size I bet.

Unless you are talking about the actual size inside the chip package and then yes it's as small as a chip inside microSD

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:58

39. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


According to Androidpolice it is smaller than a microSD.

This is not the same chip as in your phone. This is a much more advanced tech.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:51

35. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I bought the 840 Evo Pro for 279 for 240GB. Pc boots in 60 secs or less. File transfers are amazing fast at roughly 50MB per sec or more depending.

Since my laptop (17" Envy) has 2 drive bays, my second drive is a hybrid ssd/had and when I've files, I moved 50GB of music in less than 1 hour.

Something like this in a phone or tablet or even Windows tablets like the Surface Pro 5 would be super- stupendous.

Samsung is the innovator.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:35 2

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


UFS uses M-PHY, which is similar to PCIe
That's the same interface that Google is using for Project Ara
Its usually used to connect the SoC to the camera, modem, chipset, display, ...

http://mipi.org/specifications/physical-layer
UFC 2.0 uses 2 of those
2x M-PHY HS G3 = 2x 600M bps = 1200 Mbps interface

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:43

18. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I guess you need at least about 12 of these to push 850 MB/s = 6800 Mbps. And some buffer, as sata 6 Gbps can only push 550 MB/s = 4400 Mbps.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:50

19. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Oops!
Sorry, I totally messed it up
I just started looking into this now

Forgot about Mb/s is not MB/s
Also I took the low speed, not the high speed

I think it should actually be
2x M-PHY HS G3 = 2x 5 Gb/s = 10 Gb/s /8= 1.25 GB/s interface

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:55

21. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Oh right, also forgot that's just the hardware interface
We also need to take into account the software interface

That's the reason NVMe PCIe SSDs are faster than AHCI PCIe SSDs
Even though they both use the same PCIe interface

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:09

25. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


Also called "2-lane" UFS 2.0 instead of just 1 lane

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:46

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


False. Because if they put it in the Note they can't raise the cost by that.

Dude, a 256GB sdcard, not Microsd, costs less than $100. How much you think this costs to make?

Anyways, could this possibly mean the Note 6 won't have sdcard? If so this is what Samsung should have did with the St models. They should have offered the S6 with 64GB as base model and 128GB as alternative for 699 and 799 and that would have been perfext. Same for the Edge+ at 799 and 899. The Note 5 should have just been a 128GB model on my at 799.

No one but an idiot would have complained about no SD card as long as they had more storage inside.

If they drop this in the Note 6, it won't need an sdcard.

So offer the Note 6 as 128 and 256 for a cost of 699 and 799...or maybe even 799 and 899. With monthly plans most people could afford that easily.

Come on Samsung this is very good news.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:56 1

37. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It costs 200$ to bump from 32 GB to 128 GB. This is double that. So 300$ is pretty normal. Add to that it's 4 times as fast as UFS 2.0 in S6/S7.

This will just be for the prosumers, just a 300/400$ upgrade for the person with cash to burn.Regular variants like 32 GB will still cost less.

A 1 TB HDD also costs less than 60$, but that doesn't mean a 1 TB SSD will cost 60$. The difference between this storage and SD cards is even higher.

A high-end SD card: 90-100 MB/s
A high-end HDD: 150 MB/s speeds
SATA SSD: 550 MB/s
This storage: 850 MB/s

Considering that SSD is 5x expensive than HDD, this storage should be around 5-10x more expensive than SD.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:28 6

2. rick_mobile (Posts: 322; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


yeeeeeessss PLEASSSEEEEEEE!!

If Samsung does this plus adds everything the galaxy s7 has, then the note 6 will be the only phone I will need for a good while

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:29 18

3. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Technology. It never ends.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:50 6

7. FluffyBled (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


At least with Samsung :o!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:34 2

4. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


I can't wait for the new Note 6! Bring it on!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:35

5. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


More likely for a Tab S. Would love to see it in Note 6, but not holding my breath

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:51 2

8. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


They don't even put the latest SoC for the Tab S lol

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:15

11. geordie8t1 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Nov 2015)


unlikely, i think tablet storage is Considerably far behind phone usage needs, and given the cost of such chips I very much doubt we would see a 256gb option for at least another 2/3 years or if we do it would carry a MASSIVE premium due to the cost of manufacturing, i mean it could be somewhere like £200/$200 above a 128gb version handset and i think a lot of people would initially be very reluctant to pay that when a 200gb micro sd card costs around £60/$80 and so you could save money by buying a 64gb device instead of 128gb just my opinion of course tho so who knows

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:26

26. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


2/3 of a year?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:57 1

38. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


2 or 3 can be written as 2/3...he didn't say 2/3rd which is a fraction. Lol

Just like this/that and the other.

Comprehension failure!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:45 8

6. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


If there is a company that continueosly pushes the moblile tech forward it is definitely samsung +1

Superb screens
Useful software features
Precessors
Storage chips
Great cameras

We are lucky to have this good company in the mibile tech world

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:59

10. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Yeah. Without Samsung we will never see Android Tablets. Samsung with their competitivness atitude (or over obsesive towards apple? he hehe).

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:02 1

40. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10618; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


And we are getting all thisbtech, without paying absorbent prices for 2 year old hardware. We are paying equal and less and sometimes slightly more, yet we are a getting more.

Compare the iPhone at $649 vs the S6 at $599 when it was released. Look how much more you get.

More storage, larger screen, higher resolution, fast charging, decent batterylife, new design, top screen of the year, best camera of the year, better low light shots, heart rate, premium build quality and the list goes on.

What does Apple give? NOTHING.

This is why I criticize Apple. I am not saying the iPhone had to have all of that, but then again; for what it costs they should have been the first with it. That's not hate it's just my opinion based on the cost. After all if Samsung can, why can't Apple or anyone else for that matter?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:00

43. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


"new design" I'm just rolling at that.

Yet will all that 'tech', people are paying so they can walk into an apple store and do what they need to do, let me know my nearest Samsung only store. Yes stores cost money, billions actually.

As well, despite all that tech, the chips are keeping up and beating the Samsung phones in real world tests. The screen while 720p or 1080p is not the highest end, they look gorgous, normal people cannot see the difference.

I am always gonna knock apple, I have to tech them and androids all day, I get to see all the stupid Samsung issues, like the sim card no read error of the s4's, the dead screens of the s5's, the not turning on of the s6's and more. Apple has their issues as well.

As well when people do go apple, they buy into an ecosystem that is yet to be matched for ease of use, I don't find it easy, but others do.

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