Samsung Announces Faster Flash Memory For Smartphones

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.

  • whysobluepandabear
    I'm waiting for the "But can it play Crysis" comment....
  • burnley14
    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.
  • rhangman
    Yet Apple will no longer be buying their flash memory from Samsung.
  • eklipz330
    WhysoBluepandabearI'm waiting for the "But can it play Crysis" comment....i got the boiling oil ready to pour down their mouths
    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.
  • eddieroolz
    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.
  • thrasher32
    Sorry Apple, no fast DDR2 memory for you!

    How you like them Apples? lol
  • CaedenV
    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).
  • dimar
    Hope Samsung will support USB 3.0 on their phones and other devices!
  • t_wilson
    Are you talking about 64GB or 64Gb here? Make up your mind.