Super-fast UFS 2.0 flash memory no longer exclusive to Samsung devices as SK Hynix gears up to supply "global handset makers"

Super-fast UFS 2.0 flash memory no longer exclusive to Samsung devices as SK Hynix gears up to supply
If there's one thing about the Samsung Galaxy S6 & s6 edge that genuinely put them head and shoulders above their peers, it has to be the excessively fast UFS 2.0 flash storage. It was a piece of arsenal unique to Samsung's war chest, as the South Korean company was the first to mass-produce and integrate the technology inside its smartphones.

Luckily, it will no longer be just Galaxy S6/edge owners who are privileged to the benchmark-busting wonders of UFS 2.0. SK Hynix, a fellow Korean firm specialized in semiconductors, announced it's joining the UFS production game, with ongoing talks to supply 64GB UFS modules to "global handset makers" already in place.

SK Hynix's UFS storage is capable of performing as many as 32,000 input/output operations per second for random reads, which is up to three times faster than the eMMC 5.0 storage that's prevalent today. What makes UFS become a racecar memory tech is a combination of Command Queuing and multi-threading. The former lets solid-state drives handle read and write commands simultaneously for better efficiency, and the latter allows commands to be given different priorities - for example, more intense read/write for better user experience, or taming the chips for reduced energy consumption.

According to "industry watchers", SK Hynix's UFS chips will reach high-end smartphones and tablets as early as this year, and it will gradually be adopted by low-end devices as it ousts eMMC as flash storage standard. More specifically, UFS could make up 4% of mobile embedded memory products this year, and is expected to claim 23% by 2017 and 49% by 2019, respectively.

source: Korea Herald

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60 Comments

1. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Great. Sammy always in the front. Will it support sd card?

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

May be if phone manufactures comes up with something. May be new type of removable memory.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For what? If you buy a phone with large enough storage, why do you need removable storage.

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

If you can get removable storage that can be switched between phones, why buy one with only internal storage? You need to stop your obsession with "internal storage only". That's your preference. Those of us that like choice and versatility will stick to phones with removable storage options.

7. PinheadLarry unregistered

Now he's going to write 2 pages long essay for the things you've never wrote lol.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

USB OTG is the solution for memory card... we can keep videos and music externally... I avoid installing memory card inside the phone to keep it fast and plug-in via usb when needed

8. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No sd card support, the oem will have to put an emmc controler Into the phone removing why they added ufs to start with, it be like adding an sd card to the ssd cable before you added it to your pc, that and sd card/emmc controllers use way more battery power

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You also like the nes game console and other 8bit 1990 tech I be thinking

33. tedkord

Posts: 17183; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You know, you're the perfect example of the Wikipedia generation. you read something once, then run around parroting it like you have actual knowledge. The ARM processor in your phone is RISC architecture, and that's 80s tech. Better get rid of that! LCD screens, old tech. Eliminate it! DDR ram, so last decade. Just because tech was derived some time ago, doesn't mean it hasn't improved significantly since. Flash memory today is much faster than it was even 5 years ago, due to advances in controllers, compression, etc... No, it doesn't slow down a phone just by being there. It reads and writes slower than internal NAND due to the interface, and dependent on the size of both the storage and the data blocks. When you access it, it will allow things down. Stop spreading your FUD.

50. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung uses super oled screens, try again, there is 100% less 1990 or 1980s and so on tech than any other phone

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wait, I'm not obsessed with Internal Storage. I prefer sdcards. However, I also releaize that for flagships to me premium, it should also have the fastest available storage and now we do.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

For the same reasons people buy external HDDs? And because OEMs rape customers when it comes to bigger storage

26. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

When Apple did it, people kept b*tching about it. When Samsung did it, everyone's like "Hail Samsung!".

34. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

itjustJOH Apple did it, so that people will go for larger storage and apple can earn more. Samsung did it, so it can use UFS 2.0, much faster internal storage in phones.

46. houston101

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

isn't it the other way round??

54. willard12 unregistered

Apple has UFS 2.0?

32. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I need removable storage because 1. I can carry more than one. 2. I can buy if for cheaper than I would have to pay for extra storage space. 3. If I upgrade the device I still have my removable memory, no need to pay extra, again. 4. I have data in one device would like to open it in another, watching movie on tab and phone, I can switch between them with portable card. 5. I don't need to buy tablet and phone both with extra storage. 6. Sometimes I just like to use card as pen drive. 7. Sometimes I prefer to connect removable storage directly to my laptop instead of connecting the phone/tablet. I just thought of these.

56. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Why do we need storage? Just STFU TechieXp. You're a complete idiot.

62. keari

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

I need a removable storage for more flexible large enough storage.

6. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Good the end of sd cards, thank god and emmc 8 bit tech

42. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

People that say the end of SD cards is a good thing makes me sick. The argument is beyond frustrating. Lets say UFS 2.0 is fast as heck. So what? So for faster more expensive memory we lose a physical alternative memory for it. Just so we can swipe through are homescreens a bit faster? Moves files around faster? Who cares that you want faster memory. I want what we've always had in Android flagships. Dual storage. If its fast enough to record and save 4k video to, where do people like YOU get off thinking were better off with faster but singular storage. Ughh i'm done with you now. Rant over.

44. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Heck, the S6 still lags... UFS wont solve the lag issue.

57. engineer-1701d unregistered

as usual sammy does the hard work spending r&d money then other swoop like vultures to use the tech for themselves and help them i bet someone bought the s6 and backward engineered it

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

As JK Shin said, "if you get their first, others will follow". Sdcards are going to go the way of the dodo. All the whiners that are crying now, your options for a phone with sdcard support is going to get very thin especially at the highend. A highend phone needs highend components and sdcards are not highend. They are bottlenecks and we need to keep them in the mid-range or lowend. For what highend phones cost, just make them all 128GB and be done with it using UFS 2.0. If youre to lazy or cheap to buy an adapter and plug it into the USB port on your phone, then to bad so sad, the rest of us want better stuff and not this outdated 8Bit legacy BS.

10. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

You're doing a great job at being a arrogant annoying fella on these PA threads. We get that you're really excited by this new standard but you can't force your affections on other people by continually explaining the "gains" of UFS. I still love my removable memory like I love my removable battery so the onus is on any tech company that wants my money to create a device that has these features and I'd gladly buy it. You stay happy with your "blazing" fast UFS thingy and I'll be happy right over here. Tired of your ever constant explanations. Just curious does Samsung pay you to do this?

16. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Just buy an s5 or G4 and it will last you the next 5 years as they not getting any faster with that 1990 8 bit tech and will Lag after 3 months Do not tell, they do not lag, they do unlike my s6 edge that like new with only 10gb of my 64gb free with about 50 apps installed

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude. I like sdcards. I used them for 2 main reaosns. 1) I didnt want to pay $200 to buy phone that had the amount of storage I wanted. Now it doesnt cost me $200. 2) I needed external storage because I wanted to have my complete media library and I didnt want to copy it onto the phone, because adding more files downgrades performance on internal flash. Even UFS 2.0 suffers a degradation in speed but not as bad. The proble is Sir, sdcards are a bottleneck. That si why UFS 2.0 doesn't have a supporting controller. Because it would have to slow down to match the slower speed of the controller. The bottleneck isn't sdcards themselves, its the outdated controller. Now Samsung could have worked around this simply bu adding a controller chip to the board, and connecting a microsd slot to it. But they didn't Why? I dunno. How about weall sign a petition to get an answer from Samsung. UFS 2.0 is the now and emmc 5.0 is the then. Its like DOS. We need better stuff on the highend. Samsung didnt leave you oout. They made a premium highend, mid-ranged phone that is made of premium materials and still supports sdcard. The A7 and A8 are below $500 retail. I have an S6 Edge and I still use an SDCARD. But I see with my own eyes just leik the rest of you, highend phones are going to some offer this faster option and until someone makes a compatible controller sdcards may not be available on the highend. Instea dof coming here and complaining about tech getting better, i know Android and Samsung both offer me other beards and models that give me that support if I want it that way. yes I am sad the Galaxy Note 5 potentially wont support sdcards via and internal slot. Fine. So if I need sdcards that and, I will use what works. I bought an adapter and I use my sdcard using USB OTG. It fast, doesnt slow my phone down and it cost me $10.00. You dont see my crying liek a little baby..WAH WAH WAH. Yopu all sound lie the crybabies when floppy drives were no longer being put on pc and optical drives. if you all had it your way the PC would still be an ugly big white box with blinking lights. Move forward, or by what works for you. if you need old technology, by it the way they make it available to you, just liek I have too when I buy new tech.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well if you want sdcards, you dont need to buy a $1000 phone to have them. You can spend 1/2 as much. After all, you dont want to pay the OEm an extra $100+ for increased storage. Here is how I see it. sdcards are cheap storage solutions, internal storage isn't. Supporting old tech on a new phone costs more money, because you have to spend money to make it work with new tech. Or they could simply spend less money and make a lower priced option where implementing it would also be cheap. The A8 is going to have the same camera as the S6, has a metal build and it has an sdcard slot. Its $500 which is half the cost of a Note. Guess what, you can still install many of the Note-like applications and you can still use a pen with it too.

43. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Are you done? Are you? Ok. Techie i understand what your saying completely. Really i think anyone who reads your posts does. But what you dont understand is Micro SD is not an obsolete technology. Don't ever compare it to Floppy disks. How could you really. They were POS that never had more than a MB of space. MicroSDXC has 4, 8, 16, 32, 64,128, and 200GB capacities that a user can have nestled right in the back of they're phone as well as 32GB internal. How, just how could say that we need UFS 2.0 more than we need to keep SD around. Im tired of people using USB OTG as a solution to a problem that doesnt need fixing. What does it matter at all that your phone gets the most negligible amount slow if you have all your FLAC music, tons of 4k video, millions of pictures, and hundreds of backed up apks right in an folder accessible at any time. We're not whining. We're complaining as faithful customers who purchased phones certain flagship phones exclusively for features such as this.Can a PC have its internal memory interchanged? Yes. Does it also have a SD slot? Yes. Does it support external hdd also? Yes. Thats what us Android faithfuls want to keep eternally. I dont care what fast memory they come up with. More is still better right?

55. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

off course they do

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