Samsung has announced the development of Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 4.0 as a next-generation storage solution – the successor to existing UFS 3.1 – to deliver a faster experience on mobile devices. The new solution is based on Samsung’s seventh-generation V-NAND and uses a proprietary controller to deliver sequential read speeds of up to 4200MB per second and sequential write speeds of up to 2800MB. per second. The UFS 4.0 storage solution is expected to be available on next-gen 5G phones and foldables. Separately, Samsung has brought its Pro Endurance microSD card specifically designed for surveillance cameras, dash cams, doorbell cams and body cameras.
Like revealed by Samsung Semiconductor Division on Twitter, the UFS 4.0 solution has received JEDEC board approval and is expected to go into mass production in the third quarter of the year.
UFS 4.0 comes in a compact package that has a maximum dimension of 11x13x1mm and will be available in a variety of storage capacities up to 1TB, the company said. The small footprint could come in handy, especially when building new foldables.
The new storage solution is also said to offer a sequential read speed of 6MB per second (per mA). This brings a 46% improvement over the previous generation and contributes to greater energy efficiency, the company claimed.
Samsung claimed that UFS 4.0 delivers speeds of up to 23.2 Gbps per lane, which is double that of previous UFS 3.1. It is also touted as the perfect bandwidth for 5G phones which have high data handling requirements.
In addition to smartphones, the UFS 4.0 storage solution is expected to be available in future automotive applications as well as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices.
Samsung is expected to offer UFS 4.0 in its next-generation Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip foldables. The phones are rumored to be in the works and may debut as Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4. Galaxy S series flagships next year are also expected to come with UFS 4.0 storage .
Along with the new storage solution for mobile devices, Samsung has announced its Pro Endurance series of microSD cards which comes in a storage range between 32GB and 256GB. to 16 years (140,160 hours) of continuous recording time, according to the company.
The South Korean giant has also claimed that a single Pro Endurance card can last up to 33 typical speed-focused cards, including the same capacity Samsung EVO Plus card.
In terms of speed, the new microSD card is said to offer read and write speeds of up to 100MB per second and 40MB per second, respectively. It’s also Class 10 rated, with video speed ratings up to UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30). All of this makes it ideal for storing Full HD and 4K video.
On the endurance side, the Pro Endurance comes with Samsung’s six-roof durability, which means it’s protected against water, magnets, X-rays and extreme temperatures, as well as wear and tear proof. The company, however, wrote in fine print that it is “not liable for i) damage and/or loss of data or ii) expenses incurred in recovering data from the memory card”.[roofdurabilitywhichmeansthatitisprotectedagainstwatermagnetsX-raysandextremetemperatures—aswellaswearout-proofanddrop-proofThecompanyhashoweverwritteninitsfineprintthatitis”notliableforanyi)damagesand/orlossofdataorii)expensesincurredfrommemorycarddatarecovery”[roofdurabilitywhichmeansthatitisprotectedagainstwatermagnetsX-raysandextremetemperatures—aswellaswearout-proofanddrop-proofThecompanyhashoweverwritteninitsfineprintthatitis”notliableforanyi)damagesand/orlossofdataorii)expensesincurredfrommemorycarddatarecovery”
The Samsung Pro Endurance comes in four different storage capacities – 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with prices starting at $10.99 (around Rs. 800) for the 32GB model and going up at $54.99 (around Rs. 4,200) for the 256GB option. It is available for purchase in markets around the world.