Samsung unveils the fastest NAND Flash chips yet

Samsung announced the start of mass-production for “eMMC Pro Class 1500” NAND Flash chips, a new solid state memory that improves the company’s former tech in every field and promises to power the mobile gadgets of the future.

The Embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC) Pro Class 1500 is the first chip to be produced on Samsung’s latest technology node (20 nanometers): the chip is available in 16, 32 and 64 gigabyte flavors with a package design made up by multiple-die stacks (two, four or eight dies respectively) and 1.2 millimeters thick in its largest configuration (64 GB).

The eMMC Pro Class 1500 is “the industry’s fastest speeds for an embedded memory device”, Samsung states, capable of exceptional performances (as for the mobile market) in sequential data reading (140 MBps) and writing (50 MBps). Random reading and writing performances are 3500/1500 IOPS (inputs and outputs per second), ie “four times” the speed of previous eMMC chips Samsung states.

The new Samsung chip is the first one to support the lates JEDEC e-MMC v4.5 specifications, the company says, with features designed to improve the chips’ performance, power efficiency, security, and reliability.

Jaehyeong Lee, Samsung’s VP of Memory Product Planning, said:

With the production of 64GB Samsung eMMC Pro Class 1500, we are delighted to provide the highest performing mobile storage solutions available that support the latest eMMC standard, for worldwide mobile device makers. We will confidently strengthen our research and development efforts to continually bring to market the most advanced mobile storage devices based on next-generation standards.

Source: Samsung press release

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