It's just a matter of time before phones and tablets alike start shipping with triple digits worth of storage. Not today, but soon. And Samsung's getting us even closer. The company has just announced the mass production of the industry's highest density (128GB) embedded NAND storage. The kicker here is the size; it's all packed into a chip that's no bigger than the standard chips shipping today with 16GB or 32GB onboard, but obviously there's way more room for media, movies, e-mails, etc. Samsung's eMMC Pro cards read data sequentially at up to 140 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write it at up to 50MB/s, which is five times faster than Class-10 rated external memory cards.
Per usual, Samsung's not copping to pricing, as it'll mostly be OEMs buying these, but hopefully the next Nexus will have one onboard. No harm in dreaming, right?
With 128GB of the new embedded memory storage, mobile handsets and tablet PCs can store up to 15 full HD, 8GB-equivalent video files. Also, the new eMMC fits into an extremely slim 12x16mm FBGA package that nicely accommodates today’s sleeker mobile designs. In addition, the new eMMC provides the industry’s highest density and highest performance level for an embedded memory chip.
Samsung’s eMMC Pro cards read data sequentially at up to 140 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write it at up to 50MB/s, which is five times faster than Class-10 rated external memory cards. For random reading and writing, it can process up to 3500/1500 IOPS (inputs and outputs per second, respectively)*.
The ultra high-speed storage device uses Samsung’s 64-gigabit (Gb) NAND memory with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface based on the company’s latest 20 nanometer class** process technology. The new eMMC’s fully managed NAND comes with its own high performance controller and intelligent flash-management firmware.
The Samsung eMMC Pro Class 1500 supports the JEDEC eMMC v4.5 specification that standardizes the most advanced features to improve performance, efficiency, security and reliability. In being quick to mass produce the industry’s most extensive eMMC v4.5 product line-up, Samsung anticipates that the proportion of premium NAND flash in the mobile market will grow even faster.