Samsung announces first Universal Flash Storage cards

July 7, 2016 // 10:20 a.m.

Tags: #flash #jedec #jung-bae-lee #micro-sd #samsung #ufs #universal-flash-storage

Samsung has announced the introduction of the first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory card line-up, boasting capacities up to 256GB and speeds up to 530MB/sec.

Based on the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (formerly the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council) Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension Standard, Samsung's UFS cards are designed as next-generation replacements for the micro-SD format. According to Samsung's internal testing, its top-end 256GB UFS memory card offers 530MB/sec sequential read performance - some five times faster than 'a typical UHS-1 micro-SD card' - and offers 40,000 input output operations per second (IOPS), bringing performance in line with SATA-connected solid-state drives (SSDs).

'Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal user experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution,' crowed Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president for memory product planning and application engineering at Samsung Electronics, of the launch. 'By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritise performance and user convenience above all.'

While 530MB/sec sequential read and 40,000 IOPS is impressive, the performance of Samsung's latest cards does drop below its larger SSD brethren for write tasks. At 170MB/sec sequential write performance, though, it's still comfortably higher than a micro-SD card. With performance down pat, all Samsung has left is to see the UFS card format adopted in consumer devices: while embedded UFS is seeing traction in the industry, micro-SD - and its higher-capacity and higher-performance updates, micro-SDHC and micro-SDXC - remains the majority solution by far.

Samsung has not announced availability or pricing for the new cards.
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