Samsung unveils new memory storage solution for smartphones and tablets

Telecom Lead Asia: Samsung has introduced advanced memory storage solution for Slim smartphones and tablets.

Samsung is strengthening its presence in the smartphone and tablet space at a time when chip major Texas Instruments is reducing 1,700 jobs, as it winds down its mobile processor business to focus on chips for more profitable markets like cars and home appliances.

Texas Instruments in September said it would halt investments in the competitive smartphone and tablet chip business.

The layoffs are equivalent to nearly 5 percent of the Austin, Texas-based company’s global workforce, Reuters reported.

Samsung Electronics’ next-generation 64GB embedded multimedia card (eMMC) using 10 nanometer (nm)-class process technology went into production late last month.

“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,” said Myungho Kim, vice president of Memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.

eMMCs allow users to access high-density and high-resolution content such as full HD video on their latest smartphones and tablets 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 Device Engineering Council) for adoption as an industry standard.

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.

Recently, Samsung started shipping Spreadtrum’s 40nm 2.5G baseband, the SC6530, in its two feature phone models, Samsung E1282 (GT-E1282T) and E1263 Trios (GT-E1263B), for sale.

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