Samsung has announced that they’ve started mass producing the industry’s first 128GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 units for next generation smartphones. In case you don’t know, UFS is a standard that looks to combine the read/write speeds of solid-state memory with the power consumption benefits of the eMMC technology utilized in most smartphones.
This should make for blazing fast loading speeds and more reliable performance without having to worry about it guzzling the power needed to make the rest of the phone run. Samsung also touts the chip’s ability to save up to 50% of space on the physical motherboard thanks to its ability to be stacked directly on top of a logic chip.
“With our mass production of ultra-fast UFS memory of the industry’s highest capacity, we are making a significant contribution to enable a more advanced mobile experience for consumers,” said Jee-ho Baek, Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing, Samsung Electronics. “In the future, we will increase the proportion of high-capacity memory solutions, in leading the continued growth of the premium memory market.”
Samsung says they expect the units will be use in future high-end smartphones, though the company wasn’t willing to name drop. Our obvious first guess is that they could be looking to stuff these inside an ultra premium variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6.
It’s worth noting Samsung is also mass producing these storage units in 32GB or 64GB flavors so there’s a chance those could be the standard inside of Samsung’s latest high-end handsets going forward. Let’s just hope the first beneficiary of this memory is the very device we’re headed to Barcelona to see next month (that, of course, being the Samsung Galaxy S6).