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Galaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storage

Galaxy S9 could use Samsung’s new 512 GB UFS storage

Samsung is about to make microSD cards in phones redundant. Well, probably after a few years. The company has just announced that it has started the production of the world’s first 512 GB flash memory using the new UFS standard. This behemoth of a storage solution is intended for use in “next generation” mobile devices, which probably means we’ll get to see it when the Galaxy S9 gets announced early next year. Which also means it might not have a microSD card reader as well.

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Samsung V-NAND flash memory to address growing data storage needs

Samsung V-NAND flash memory to address growing data storage needs

Although our devices are getting smaller and our appliances getting smarter, the amount of data we produce have grown immensely. As such, it is even more critical to find ways to store all that data without having to expand the amount of physical space that servers and racks already occupy. Samsung, best known for smartphones and consumer electronics, might just have the data storage solution for those as well. It has just revealed a series of data storage solutions whose high capacities are all thanks to Samsung’s new V-NAND tech.

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Toshiba forced into flash chip sale amid nuclear plant fallout

Toshiba forced into flash chip sale amid nuclear plant fallout

Toshiba is hoping to sell off a chunk of its most profitable business, planning to let someone else in on its memory chip division as it faces huge bills in its nuclear plant construction division. The Japanese firm faces a complete wipe-out of shareholder equity in the aftermath of cost overruns at a US power station construction business. That was acquired by Toshiba division Westinghouse.

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Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Many people are wont to say how smartphones these days are nearly as powerful as our computers. Well, Samsung has just added another notch to that checklist. It has just announced that it started the mass production of its newest, fastest, and biggest UFS 2.0 embedded memory, able to reach 256 GB in capacity. The ridiculously biggest size we're seeing on a single chip for a smartphone, the storage also boasts of sequential reading and writing speeds that Samsung claims is twice, even thrice, faster than a SATA-based SSD for PCs.

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Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.

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Intel, Toshiba bring 3D NAND to SSD; small drives, large capacity

Intel, Toshiba bring 3D NAND to SSD; small drives, large capacity

SSD memory is fast. Really fast. It’s also much more stable than spinning drives are, making it pretty desirable for those who want reliable performance from their external drive or on-board memory (and who doesn’t?!). The limited offerings for SSD haven’t yet brought it to the mainstream bulk storage front, but a new technology just might do that. Pioneered by Toshiba and Intel, 3D NAND stacks SSD memory chips to allow for more memory in tighter spots? Early results have given us a 10TB SSD.

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Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

Samsung’s new 128GB eMMC 5.0 storage targets the lower end

As repeatedly mentioned before, with the push for higher displays and CPUs on smartphones slowing down just a wee bit, attention is now being given to the last part of the system to catch up: storage. We are entering a period of not just faster flash memory for mobile devices but also growing densities. Samsung is now trying to pull up even those on lower rungs of the device tier by bringing out the highest density 128 GB eMMC 5.0 storage squarely marketed for mid-range devices.

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Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

QHD/2K screen resolutions. 64-bit processors. LPDDR4 RAM. Our mobile devices have increasingly become much more powerful, so it only follows that our mobile storage solutions try to catch up. That will come with the new eMMC 5.1 standard that was just approved by the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards group, which offers, among other things, new features that make reading from and writing to storage more efficient. And Samsung is claiming to be at the forefront of this new wave by announcing the first memory chip to support the new standard.

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Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tapped as a turnaround point for the company. They've reached a point where their line of smartphones is popular, but not quite popular enough that they don't need to shake up the industry with a new lead - either an entirely new physical design or something late-breaking under the hood. What you'll find with the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn't another one in a line of devices that look like the design language born of the Galaxy S III. Instead you'll find Samsung bringing Project Zero forward with a new face AND mind.

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HP Labs’ memristor can turn RAM into SSDs

HP Labs’ memristor can turn RAM into SSDs

HP has what it calls "The Machine", practically a researcher's plaything for experimenting on emerging computer technologies. One such technology that is already quite close to becoming a reality is HP's "memristor", a portmanteau of "memory" and "resistor" that could forever blur the boundaries between non-volatile disk storage and and volatile RAM.

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iPhone 5S 128GB storage option rumored

Rumors are abundant about the iPhone 5S and they just keep coming. In fact, AppleInsider got the scoop from Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI analyst, on several rumors, including the prediction that the next-gen iPhone will feature a 128GB option along with the gold casing we previously reported on.

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Toshiba Exceria Pro SD card touted as “world’s fastest”

Toshiba Exceria Pro SD card touted as “world’s fastest”

Toshiba is coming out with an ultra-fast series of SD cards that they're calling Exceria Pro, and the company is claiming that the new SD cards are the fastest around, with speeds hitting as fast 240 MB/s. These cards are aimed at professionals, such as photographers who need photos saved quickly.

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