Samsung Electronics said on Wednesday that it has gone into volume production of its eMMC Pro Class 1500 (opens in new tab), 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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