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Samsung Announces Faster Flash Memory For Smartphones

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

Samsung said that it has developed a speedy 64 GB memory chip for smartphone and tablet applications.

The embedded multimedia card (e-MMC) uses a stack of eight 64 Gb, 20 nm NAND flash memory chips with a toggle DDR 2 interface. It is about 1.4 mm thick and weighs 0.6 grams.

"By starting production of the 64Gb-based 64GB e-MMC solution this year, we are accelerating the pace of adoption of premium embedded memory cards," said Myung Ho Kim, vice president of memory marketing at Samsung in a prepared statement.

According to the company, the device supports sequential read speeds of up to 80 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 40MB/s, which is about three times better than the current product generation. The input/output performance is rated at 400 IOPS.

Samsung shipped its first 64GB e-MMC in January of 2010 using 30n 32Gb NAND flash components, and started producing 64GB eMMC with 20nm-class 32Gb NAND flash late last year. There was no information when the 64 Gb-based flash will be available.

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    whysobluepandabear , September 30, 2011 4:05 AM
    I'm waiting for the "But can it play Crysis" comment....
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    burnley14 , September 30, 2011 4:10 AM
    This is fantastic news. I've always been curious why the memory inside smart phones is so behind the times, and it looks like Samsung is finally looking to remedy that.
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    rhangman , September 30, 2011 4:18 AM
    Yet Apple will no longer be buying their flash memory from Samsung.
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    eklipz330 , September 30, 2011 4:24 AM
    WhysoBluepandabearI'm waiting for the "But can it play Crysis" comment....

    i got the boiling oil ready to pour down their mouths
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    JOSHSKORN , September 30, 2011 5:19 AM
    WhysoBluepandabearI'm waiting for the "But can it play Crysis" comment....

    What does "Can it play Crysis?" have to do with flash memory? I don't get it. We're talking about a flash memory, not a computer of its own. I wonder if the DROID 4 will be able to...though.
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    eddieroolz , September 30, 2011 10:58 AM
    We already face an oversaturated market of IC chips (as reported by Tom's a few days/weeks ago) so these come during rough times for the IC market.
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    thrasher32 , September 30, 2011 2:31 PM
    Sorry Apple, no fast DDR2 memory for you!

    How you like them Apples? lol
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    CaedenV , September 30, 2011 2:42 PM
    so now phone flash is equivalent to PC HDDs of the late '90s. Except at a fraction of the power/cost. It really is amazing how smart phones have progressed in the last few years. They are so close to being useful that it is very tempting.

    Just one more year and I think they will be able to do what I want them to do (replace my netbook).
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    dimar , September 30, 2011 2:47 PM
    Hope Samsung will support USB 3.0 on their phones and other devices!
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    t_wilson , September 30, 2011 3:04 PM
    Are you talking about 64GB or 64Gb here? Make up your mind.
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    Anonymous , September 30, 2011 3:29 PM
    t_wilsonAre you talking about 64GB or 64Gb here? Make up your mind.



    Quote:
    The embedded multimedia card (e-MMC) uses a stack of eight 64 Gb, 20 nm NAND flash memory chips with a toggle DDR 2 interface. It is about 1.4 mm thick and weighs 0.6 grams.


    Spend a little more time reading and you might understand something. 8 stacks of 64Gb NAND = 64GBs of NAND