Samsung unveils world’s first UFS removable memory cards with incredible write and read speed


Leading smartphone manufacturer, Samsung has raised the ante in the advanced memory market with the unveiling of the world’s first UFS removable memory card. The cards are designed based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard.

The UFS removable memory cards come in the 32GB, 68GB, and 128GB variants.
The read and write speed of the UFS removable memory cards trounced that of other typical memory cards. UFS cards boast of 530 megabytes per second read speed and a write speed of 170 megabytes per second.
Samsung boasts that the memory card can read a 5GB Full HD movie in approximately 10 secs, compared to a typical UHS-1 microSD card, which would take over 50 seconds with 95MB/s of sequential reading speed. Furthermore, the card is said to be capable of taking multiple commands, with command queueing features. It also allows reading and writing data simultaneously through dedicated paths.

According to Samsung’s Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics. The UFS cards were designed with performance and user convenience in mind. UFS cards will carter for the needs of 3D gamers, 3D resolution playback, high resolution pictures taken with high-end smartphones, drones, 360-degree cameras etc.

We’ve already seen the UFS cards integrated in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Sadly, we won’t be seeing or using the UFS cards on our current devices because they do not support the UFS cards. The pin configuration of the UFS cards are different from the pin configuration of typical external storage cards in circulation. If its any consolation, we should be seeing smartphone producers roll out phone with memory card ports that support UFS card.


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