MEMORY MAKER Samsung announced that it has put 400MBps embedded multi-media card (eMMC) memory into mass production for smartphones and tablets.
Samsung's position as a leading DRAM and NAND memory vendor is supported by the firm's focus on pushing the capacity and bandwidth of its modules harder than the competition. Now the firm has announced that it has put 16GB, 32GB and 64GB eMMC modules into mass production for smartphones and tablets.
According to Samsung, its eMMC specification 5 modules have a bandwidth of 400MBps, with the 32GB and 64GB devices having random read speeds of 7,000 IOPS with random write speeds of 7,000 IOPS in cache-on mode. The firm touts impressive sequential read and write bandwidths of 250MBps and 90MBps.
Samsung VP of memory marketing Kyong Moo Mang said, "With timely mass production of our ultra-fast eMMC PRO line-up offering a more than 10X performance increase over external memory cards, Samsung will accelerate the spread of high-end mobile devices as the market for devices with larger screens and more multimedia functionality expands even further.
"We will continue to provide advanced mobile memory solutions that allow users to enjoy high definition, large-volume content seamlessly, as we also strengthen technological cooperation with mobile devices manufacturers."
Samsung touted its eMMC modules as having significantly higher bandwidth than Class 10 memory cards. The firm said its 16GB, 32GB and 64GB modules come in 11.5x13mm packages and incorporate the firm's own NAND controller.
Given that Samsung announced that its eMMC 5 modules have just gone into mass production, it is unlikely that devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 will have the modules, however it is a safe bet that some high-end phones that launch later in 2013 or early 2014 will use its eMMC 5 memory. µ