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Samsung Mass Producing 128GB Chips for Tablets, Phones

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Soon we'll see smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets with 128 GB of internal storage.

Samsung Electronics said on Wednesday that it has gone into volume production of its eMMC Pro Class 1500, a 128 GB eMMC (embedded multimedia card) for next-generation smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. That means upcoming phones and tablets will be able to store up to 15 full HD, 8 GB-equivalent video files.

The new 128 GB cards actually went into production last month, following the delivery of Samsung's eMMC Pro products in 16-, 32- and 64 GB densities. The new series can fit into an extremely slim 12 x 16-mm FBGA package that accommodates today's sleeker mobile designs. They also use Samsung's 64-gigabit (Gb) NAND memory with a toggle DDR2 interface based on the company's latest 20-nm class process technology.

"By doubling the highest density of its previous eMMC products, Samsung expects to contribute significantly to a timely release of leading-edge mobile devices," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing, Samsung Electronics. "The higher data storage and faster data transmission, will bring a range of benefits to users that compare to those of ultra-slim notebook PCs."

Samsung said the cards have sequential read speeds of up to 140 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 50 MB/s, five times faster than Class-10 rated external memory cards. For random reading and writing, the cards can process up to 3500 input IOPS and 1500 output IOPS. The NAND is also fully managed by a high performance controller and intelligent flash-management firmware.

Samsung also said on Thursday that its eMMC Pro Class 1500 supports the JEDEC eMMC v4.5 specification. "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."

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    rebel1280 , September 21, 2012 2:52 PM
    ... for the love of all the is holy... please be in the next generation phones O.O Now all they need is a battery to match viewing even a quarter of the content that those can store :) 
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    guru_urug , September 21, 2012 2:53 PM
    Cool!! So, the next Galaxy S phone will have a 128GB variant :) 
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    memadmax , September 21, 2012 3:18 PM
    lol, now iPhones will cost thousands
    and they will STILL buy them!
    rofl
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  • 17 Hide
    rebel1280 , September 21, 2012 2:52 PM
    ... for the love of all the is holy... please be in the next generation phones O.O Now all they need is a battery to match viewing even a quarter of the content that those can store :) 
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    frombehind , September 21, 2012 2:52 PM
    These prolly cost like 40 bucks to make...
    Watch apple mark these up sending their next-gen iDevices into the thousand dollar range.

    Then again, since samsung's fabs gave apple the finger recently... maybe we WONT be seeing iDevices with 128Gb capacity anytime soon ^^
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    guru_urug , September 21, 2012 2:53 PM
    Cool!! So, the next Galaxy S phone will have a 128GB variant :) 
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    alidan , September 21, 2012 3:00 PM
    if these were cheap, i would like them in desktop for small, mass file storage.

    speeds as good as a hdd, and even my thumb drives have faster seak times than my hdd so i cant see these being worse
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    memadmax , September 21, 2012 3:18 PM
    lol, now iPhones will cost thousands
    and they will STILL buy them!
    rofl
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    didgetmaster , September 21, 2012 3:25 PM
    So if Apple continues its practice of charging an extra $100 for every 16GB memory upgrade in its products, then iPhones with this chip will cost an extra....$700???
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    InvalidError , September 21, 2012 3:46 PM
    rebel1280Now all they need is a battery to match viewing even a quarter of the content that those can store

    Reducing the CPU/GPU power would also help. Holding a 750mW SoC chip in your hand crammed in a phone/tablet can get somewhat uncomfortably warm under load.
  • 6 Hide
    monsta , September 21, 2012 4:05 PM
    Apple will fall behind if they keep up their antics with Samsung
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2012 4:46 PM
    Now if only Apple will put this in the next iPod Touch. My iPod Touch has been full for 2 years and there are no viable alternatives (other than the iPod Classic which I also own, but it's an outdated piece of crap).
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    freggo , September 21, 2012 4:52 PM
    Mat686868Now if only Apple will put this in the next iPod Touch. My iPod Touch has been full for 2 years and there are no viable alternatives (other than the iPod Classic which I also own, but it's an outdated piece of crap).


    You mean there is no alternative with an Apple logo on it ?
    Yeah, that seems to be true.

    Otherwise...

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    Anonymous , September 21, 2012 5:27 PM
    Mat, what about a galaxy player, I think it comes with up to 64GB and a micro SD slot
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    Andy Chow , September 21, 2012 6:15 PM
    Would these chips also find their way into SSD's? Performance doesn't seem great, but if I understand correctly SSD chips aren't that fast individually, but get their speed from the combination of chips?

    I have a 265GB Vertex 4, which is made of sixteen 16GB chips. Same configuration from these chips would mean a 2TB SSD.

    Goodbye mechanical drives forever. Can you believe we still use hard drives that have moving parts in 2012?

    If mass produced, the price point will probably be very reasonable. Looking forward to the future.
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    matthelm , September 21, 2012 6:20 PM
    Since when are HD video files only 8GB. All of mine are 20GB+
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    f-14 , September 21, 2012 6:51 PM
    matthelmSince when are HD video files only 8GB. All of mine are 20GB+

    considering most dvd movies are 8GB and bluray is the 8track of the 70's

    not that many people have 20GB video unless it's home made and not many people are fit wink wink enough for more than 2 hours of home made video.

    those must be some videos or have lots of people in them to keep going longer than most dvd's movie companies are able to fill
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    tivatar , September 21, 2012 8:53 PM
    It would be great to see some of these pop up as integrated features on motherboards. Having something like that could make for some small designs, lower power requirements, and fewer components. Having a dedicated drive for the OS would also leave an extra drive (or array) open for performance. If an add-on drive is being used, the integrated could be used like the new non-volatile RAM, a type of cache, or just an extra drive.

    All assuming it has reasonable costs < $1/GB.
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    ikyung , September 21, 2012 10:59 PM
    Smartphones.. the next mobile desktops. Someone please break through battery bottlenecks.
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    bustapr , September 22, 2012 3:24 AM
    Wozza365Mat, what about a galaxy player, I think it comes with up to 64GB and a micro SD slot

    galaxy player may have good storage, but its a very big turd compared to the ipod. and this is coming from someone that hates apple. samsung needs to refresh their samsung player lineup to at least try to compete because ipod is dominating without any resistance in that area. 128gb chips in a phone or a revamped galaxy player would be amazing.
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    murzar , September 23, 2012 5:24 PM
    How come SSDs don't get larger and cheaper then?
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    Anonymous , October 6, 2012 10:03 PM
    I was thinking about a player or 4” minicomputer with 1TB in it, let’s say within two years..