Samsung announces world’s first UFS memory cards

Samsung UFS

Samsung has recently announced the world’s first removable memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard. These cards can be used in high-resolution mobile shooting devices such as DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, action cams, drones, and other compatible devices. The cards will come with a wide range of storage capacities including 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB.

Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics said

Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal user experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution. By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all.

Samsung’s new UFS cards will provide greatly improved user experiences, especially in high-resolution 3D gaming and video playback. It provides more than 5x faster sequential read performance than a typical microSD card, reading sequentially at 350 megabytes per second (MB/s) which is similar to the sequential read speed of the most widely used SATA SSDs. With these UFS cards, consumers will be able to read a 5 GB, Full HD movie in approximately 10 seconds, compared to a typical UHS-1 microSD card.

When it comes to write speed, the sequential write speed is approximately 170 MB/s, almost double of the write speed of a top-end microSD card.

However it will take a while before these cards become mainstream. Currently removable memory solutions are dominated by microSD cards, and they probably won’t fit into microSD card slots even though they share similarities in design. Will you be switching to UFS anytime soon?

Source: Samsung Newsroom


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