Samsung Begins Mass Production of 1TB Flash Storage Chip Suitable for iPhones

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galaxys10renderingSamsung has started developing what it says is the first one terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) storage chip, powered by the company's fifth-generation V-NAND.

Most Android phones include a microSD slot that lets owners upgrade the internal capacity of their device, but the new 1TB chip will offer storage capacity levels comparable to notebooks without the need for additional memory cards, according to Samsung.

"The 1TB eUFS is expected to play a critical role in bringing a more notebook-like user experience to the next generation of mobile devices," said Cheol Choi, EVP of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

"What's more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market."

In addition to providing higher capacity, the eUFS technology is also designed to be faster than standard solid-state storage and microSD cards, offering a 1,000MB/s sequential read speed and a random read speed of 58,000 IOPS, despite being the same package size as the company's 512GB flash chips.

Samsung says the random speeds allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames per second and will enable smartphone users to take full advantage of the multi-camera capabilities in today and tomorrow’s flagship models.

Samsung began mass-producing its 512GB storage chips in December 2017 and unveiled the technology in its new flagship phones the following year. Assuming a similar rollout, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 will likely come with a 1TB storage capacity option, thanks to the company's new eUFS technology.

Meanwhile, Samsung plans to expand the production of its fifth-generation 512GB V-NAND at its Pyeongtaek plant in Korea throughout the first half of 2019 to address the anticipated strong demand for the 1TB eUFS from mobile device manufacturers around the world.

As a leader in NAND type memory solutions, Samsung has been supplying Apple with flash memory chips since 2017. While this development seems most likely to affect the memories used in Apple's future iPhone and iPad products, Samsung's memory could conceivably show up in future Macs, which have become heavily reliant on flash storage.

Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models are available with 1TB storage, the highest capacity offered in an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ to date.

Top Rated Comments

vicviper789 Avatar
26 months ago
Typically Apple charges somewhere in the range of $150 to make the jump from the base model 64gb to 128gb. So at that rate Tim Cook must be planning $10,000 iPhones with 1TB of storage
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
26 months ago
A terabyte. On a smartphone. Embedded. That's crazy.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Superhappytree Avatar
26 months ago
And you can have it for just $9999, and we think you’re going to love it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sunapple Avatar
26 months ago

Typically Apple charges somewhere in the range of $150 to make the jump from the base model 64gb to 128gb. So at that rate Tim Cook must be planning $10,000 iPhones with 1TB of storage

The iPhone Pro Pro with free second Lightning cable.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shanpdx Avatar
26 months ago
Thanks Samsung where as Mac are starting at 128GB SSD at $1200 plus price points...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shanpdx Avatar
26 months ago

It's bytes not bits.

From their website: https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-breaks-terabyte-threshold-for-smartphone-storage-with-industrys-first-1tb-embedded-universal-flash-storage

Relevant excerpt: "The 1TB eUFS also possesses exceptional speed, allowing users to transfer large amounts of multimedia content in significantly reduced time. At up to 1,000 megabytes per second (MB/s), the new eUFS features approximately twice the sequential read speed of a typical 2.5-inch SATA solid state drive (SSD). This means that 5GB-sized full HD videos can be offloaded to an NVMe SSD in as fast as five seconds, which is 10 times the speed of a typical microSD card. Furthermore, the random read speed has increased by up to 38 percent over the 512GB version, clocking in at up to 58,000 IOPS. Random writes are 500 times faster than a high-performance microSD card (100 IOPS), coming in at up to 50,000 IOPS. The random speeds allow for high-speed continuous shooting at 960 frames per second and will enable smartphone users to take full advantage of the multi-camera capabilities in today and tomorrow’s flagship models."

wow, great, exceptional technology work by Samsung. .

Great for iPad type devices, going to close the gap with laptop PCs...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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