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Samsung announces tiny 64GB memory chip for slim smartphones

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This photo, provided by Samsung, shows the tiny 64Gb memory chip next to a Galaxy S3.

With smartphone makers constantly fighting over the title of “thinnest smartphone,” hardware manufacturer Samsung has developed a super slim memory component for smartphones and tablets. The new 64GB embedded multimedia chip (eMMC for short) is 11.5mm by 13mm—20% smaller than conventional chips.

Samsung also boasts the card’s high performance, claiming a 30 percent performance improvement over the fatter 64GB memory card it release this May. With the mobile industry constantly moving towards faster and slimmer, Samsung expects this card to become the new industry standard.

If Samsung's new card lives up to the Korean manufacturer's claims, mobile photographers can look forward to higher processing rates and storage capacity. Samsung makes hardware for its own line of phones as well as Apple's iPhone.

Full Press Release

Samsung Introduces Advanced Memory Storage Solution for Slim Smartphones and Tablets

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced a next-generation 64GB embedded multimedia card (eMMC) using 10 nanometer (nm)-class* process technology. The new 64Gb NAND memory went into production late last month.

Myungho Kim, vice president of Memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics noted, "The new high-speed, small form factor eMMC reinforces Samsung's technology leadership in storage memory solutions. We look forward to expanding our line-up of embedded memory solutions in conjunction with the new chip's design, in pursuing a system-level adoption of application processors and other key components that form the foundation for the most advanced mobile platforms. This will allow us to better attend to time-to-market demands enabling the design of more convenient features for next-generation mobile applications."

Embedded memory is the key memory component in popular mobile applications such as smartphones and tablets. Advanced high-performance, high-density eMMCs allow users to access high-density and high-resolution content such as full HD video on their latest mobile devices and provide a better user experience for web browsing, gaming and running rich applications.

Samsung is applying 64Gb high-performance NAND memory using its 10nm-class technology to the new 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 memory solution. The new embedded memory solution exceeds the performance levels of the conventional 64GB eMMC Pro Class 1500 based on an eMMC 4.5 interface.

The new high-speed eMMC will be submitted next year to the industry standards body JEDEC, (Joint Electron Engineering Council) for adoption as an industry standard.

Samsung's next-generation 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 comes just five months after the company introduced its first embedded memory supporting the eMMC 4.5 interface and delivers a 30 percent advantage in performance over that solution. 

The 10nm-class technology based NAND also is process compatible to Samsung's advanced 20nm-class* 64Gb MLC NAND, which was first available last May, improving manufacturing productivity by 30 percent. 

The new memory solution has a random write speed of 2,000 IOPS (input/output per second) and a random read speed of 5,000 IOPS. In addition, sequential read and write speeds are 260 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 50MB/s respectively, which is up to 10 times faster than a class 10 external memory card that reads at 24MB/s and writes at 12MB/s, greatly enhancing the smoothness of multitasking on mobile gadgets. 

Current mobile applications show a distinctive trend to slimmer designs and larger display screens, while using advanced multi-core processors and high density (2 Gigabyte) LPDDR2 memory for higher performance, with larger batteries for longer usage on a single charge. This new chip accommodates the increasing size limitations of mobile form factors at the component level. 

The 64GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 measures 11.5mm by 13mm, which represents a 20 percent reduction in size over the conventional embedded memory form factor (12mm by 16mm).

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John Driggers
By John Driggers (Nov 21, 2012)

Amazing. Now, why can't Samsung acutally ship current Galaxy Note II smartphones advertised at 16-32-64 GB versions in anything but 16 GB, unless you live in Korea? Will they use this chip to make 500 of the skinniest 64GB phones, but never really make them available to customers and just make them for bragging rights?

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