UFS cards for next generation devices

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Remember the days when the only storage space is known as an internal hard drive in a giant stand-alone CPU which created so much noise every time we ‘boot’ it?! Hell! Even the word ‘boot’ has become obsolete now. Fast forward a decade later, and any electronic device that doesn’t fit within our palms and doesn’t ‘boot’ or ‘shut down’ within the blink of our eye does not stand a chance to be sold in the present cutting-edge market.

With the advent of high-resolution images, 360-degree photos, live broadcast & streaming, High definition DSLR cameras, 3D VR cameras, drones setting the standards and accelerating the pace of mobile phone technology, the global demand for high capacity portable storage and even faster read and write access is only inevitable.

The quest for larger, faster storage just got bigger! In this race, Samsung — a South Korean multinational conglomerate company recently released the UFS(Universal Flash Storage) to meet the ever-growing need for Higher Storage Bandwidth for big data. The UFS technology takes advantage of both the High-performance SSD(Solid State Drive) and the low power eMMC(enhanced MultiMediaCard). The UFS can be imagined as a small SSD in a smartphone that enables faster loading time, improved multitasking; better burst shot and many more exciting features.

UFS cards come in various memory capacities ranging from 32GB, 64GB, 128 GB and 256GB. They provide more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that of a microSD card, reading sequentially at 530MB/s which is similar to the read speeds of SATA SSD’s. Consumers now can read a 5GB, HD movie in approximately 10 seconds. It also attains a 170MB/s sequential write speed, almost doubling the top-end microSD card speed. With these substantial performance improvements, the new 256GB UFS card significantly reduces multimedia data downloading time, photo thumbnail loading time and buffer clearing time in burst shooting mode.

The new UFS card is currently not compatible with the microSD card socket in any of the devices in the market. Samsung has however developed a socket design that can support both UFS cards and microSD cards. It is just a matter of time before manufacturers in the industry also adopt and integrate the dual purpose socket in the next-generation devices.

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