Samsung Announces 10nm eMMC NAND Flash Memory

Good for tablets and phones, the 64 GB card uses 64 Gb chips

Embedded multimedia cards are the sort of storage units that smartphone and tablet makers liberally make use of. Thus, Samsung has always made sure to stay ahead of the game, or close enough to the front as possible.

To preserve that trend, Samsung Electronics has officially introduced eMMC cards based on 10nm NAND Flash memory.

By using 64 Gb (Gigabit) memory chips, the company was able to create the new 64 GB eMMC Pro Class 2000 memory solution, which is 30 percent faster than the first Samsung embedded memory supporting the eMMC 4.5 interface.

For those curious, the first memory product of this sort was launched five months ago.

Speaking of which, compared to the advanced 20nm-class 64 Gb MLC NAND, which was first available last May (2012), manufacturing productivity is 20% higher.

Spec-wise, the newcomer has a random write speed of 2,000 IOPS (input/output per second), a random read speed of 5,000 IOPS and sequential read and write speeds of 260 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 50 MB/s, respectively.

That's 10 times better than the 24 MB/s and 12 MB/s of Class 10 external memory cards.

“The new high-speed, small form factor eMMC reinforces Samsung's technology leadership in storage memory solutions,” said Myungho Kim, vice president of Memory marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.

“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.”

Samsung did not specify pricing and availability, but this is one case when such details can easily enough be guessed. Since this is not a consumer product per se, only smartphone developers will need the information, which they will get when negotiating supply deals.

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