Samsung Unveils First eMMC 5.1 Storage for Smartphones and Tablets

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Samsung Unveils First eMMC 5.1 Storage for Smartphones and Tablets
Samsung on Wednesday introduced its first eMMC (embedded multimedia card) 5.1 flash memory chips, which have been approved by semiconductor industry's standards group JEDEC.

eMMC storage is standard in all smartphones and tablets being produced nowadays. It essentially brings a NAND memory and controller on to a single chip, thus helping reduce space requirements and boosting performance.

The newly-approved NAND flash technology standard - eMMC 5.1 - by Samsung is claimed to be faster and more seamless in terms of multitasking activities, including the streaming and playback of UHD (Ultra High Definition) video content because of its first command queue function.

The company says that new chips will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and that it has already started preparing to ship its first eMMC 5.1 products to some smartphone and tablet OEMs.

The 64GB eMMC 5.1 memory is claimed to deliver a maximum speed of 250MB/s for sequential data reading and 125MB/s for sequential data writing.

"For random read and write performance, ours 64GB eMMC 5.1 memory achieves up to 11,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 13,000 IOPS, which are approximately seven and 26 times faster respectively, compared to a typical external microSD card with approximately 1,500 IOPS and 500 IOPS," notes Samsung.

The eMMC 5.1 chips also supports "Secure Write Protection" that ensures only designated users will be able to access secured areas of the eMMC.

Earlier this month, Samsung had started mass production of its first combined RAM and storage ePOP memory package. The company had announced that it has made a breakthrough single-package solution for memory chips that will use up to 40 percent less space in smartphones.

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