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1TB Samsung eUFS Chip For Smartphone Details Revealed!

In the first big flash storage news of 2019, Samsung announced that they have begun mass producing the 1TB Samsung eUFS chip for use in the next-generation mobile devices.

Here are the full details, including its performance specifications!

Updated @ 2019-01-31 : Added additional information, and a new picture.

Originally posted @ 2019-01-30

 

The 1TB Samsung eUFS Chip

The new 1TB Samsung eUFS chip is the world’s first embedded Universal Flash Storage 2.1 (eUFS 2.1) device to break the terabyte threshold. It is powered by their fifth-generation V-NAND memory, and a new proprietary controller.

The 1TB Samsung  eUFS chip offers twice the storage capacity of its predecessor in the same package size (11.5 mm x 13.0 mm), by stacking 16 layers of Samsung’s 512 Gb V-NAND flash memory.

The larger storage capacity is important as 4K videos become more popular, and smartphone cameras increase in resolution. The recently-launched HONOR View20, for example, sports a 48 MP camera whose photos come in at about 15 MB in size!

The 1TB storage capacity will allow you to record approximately 43 hours of 4K videos, or 67,000 photos from a 48 MP camera. Your entire life can literally be stored in this one chip!

Higher Performance

In addition to doubling single-chip storage capacity, the 1TB Samsung eUFS chip is significantly faster. With a read speed of up to 1 GB/s, it is about twice as fast as solid state drives used in high-end laptops!

Samsung also improved its random read and write speeds by 38% and 25% respectively over its 512 GB predecessor. This means it is approximately 500X faster than a typical microSD card!

Memory Sequential
Read Speed
Sequential Write Speed Random
Read Speed
Random
Write Speed
1TB Samsung
eUFS 2.1
(Jan. 2019)
1000 MB/s 260 MB/s 58,000 IOPS 50,000 IOPS
512GB Samsung
eUFS 2.1
(Nov. 2017)
860 MB/s 255 MB/s 42,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
Samsung eUFS 2.1
for automotive
(Sept. 2017)
850 MB/s 150 MB/s 45,000 IOPS 32,000 IOPS
256GB Samsung
UFS Card
(July 2016)
530 MB/s 170 MB/s 40,000 IOPS 35,000 IOPS
256GB Samsung
eUFS 2.0
(Feb. 2016)
850 MB/s 260 MB/s 45,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
128GB Samsung
eUFS 2.0
(Jan. 2015)
350 MB/s 150 MB/s 19,000 IOPS 14,000 IOPS
eMMC 5.1 250 MB/s 125 MB/s 11,000 IOPS 13,000 IOPS
eMMC 5.0 250 MB/s 90 MB/s 7,000 IOPS 13,000 IOPS
eMMC 4.5 140 MB/s 50 MB/s 7,000 IOPS 2,000 IOPS

Such high performance is important for flagship smartphones, because it allows them to support high-speed photography and video recording at 960 frames per second or faster!

 

1TB Samsung eUFS Availability

Samsung has already begun mass-producing the 1TB Samsung eUFS chip. We should see devices using this new storage chip this year.

In fact, they anticipate strong demand for the chip in 2019, and plan to expand the production of their 5th generation 512 Gb V-NAND memory at their Pyeongtaek plant in the first half of 2019, to meet this demand.

 

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Kingston IronKey D300S Encrypted USB Drive Launched!

Kingston Technology just introduced an improved version of their D300 encrypted USB drive – the Kingston IronKey D300S. Find out what’s new and improved in the Kingston D300S encrypted USB drive!

 

The Kingston IronKey D300S Encrypted USB Drive Launched!

The new Kingston IronKey D300S encrypted USB drive introduces two new features to enhance its advanced level of security and ability to safeguard sensitive data.

Serialised Drive

IronKey D300S will have a unique serial number and bar code on the drive itself that allows network administrators to read or scan the code instead of plugging it into the drive.

When a drive is deployed, returned or during any physical auditing or asset management of hardware, this feature will make the process more efficient and streamlined.

Virtual Keyboard

The second feature, a virtual keyboard will enable users to enter a password with clicks of the mouse instead of a physical keyboard. It provides a greater level of protection against any possible keylogging when using D300S on other computers.

“We’re not content on standing pat with any of our products, no matter how good they are,” said Kingston “The data protection provided by IronKey D300 is already top notch, and we’ve listened to requests from our customers. These two enhancements in the D300 series add to its industry-leading data-protection capabilities. With Kingston’s 30-plus years of expertise in quality technology solutions behind it, along with the latest NAND Flash memory and controller technology, users of any D300 drive can rest assure that their confidential data and information are well protected from the risks and threats associated with loss, theft, or stolen digital devices.”

 

Kingston IronKey D300S Price + Availability

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The new Kingston IronKey D300S drives will also be available as a Managed model (D300SM) that requires IronKey EMS or SafeConsole by DataLocker , allowing central management of drive access and usage across thousands of drives.

This will be the first IronKey drive that will be supported on SafeConsole, thus enabling it to be used by customers who already have it installed.

IronKey D300SM will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

 

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The ADATA SU630 3D QLC NAND SSD Launched!

ADATA just unveiled their Ultimate SU630 solid state drive, expanding their business into 3D QLC NAND flash storage. Let’s take a look at the new ADATA SU630 3D QLC NAND SSD!

 

ADATA Launches SU630 Flash Storage!

The ADATA SU630 is a 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s SSD, and is their first 3D QLC NAND flash storage product. With next-generation QLC (Quad-Level Cell) 3D NAND Flash, the SU630 promises to deliver terrific value, great performance, and superb reliability.

Performance and Reliability without Breaking the Bank

Delivering excellent performance with the same great value as SSDs, the SU630 gives HDDs a run for their money. It comes in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities and sports 3D QLC NAND Flash to deliver improved reliability, longevity, and performance over its TLC counterparts.

Reinforced by performance-boosting SLC Caching, the SU630 reaches speeds of 520MB/s read, and 450MB/s write for smooth and fast boot, file transfers, and downloads.

The ADATA SU630 SSD also features characteristics that work to keep data safe, including a shock rating of 1500G/0.5ms and resilience to temperature changes (0°C ~ 70°C). It is also more energy-efficient and quieter than HDDs.

LDPC ECC Technology, SSD Toolbox, and Migration Utility

With support for LDPC (Low-Density Parity-Check) ECC (error correcting code) technology, the SU630 can detect and fix errors to ensure data integrity and deliver an extended lifespan. With the purchase of the SU630, users qualify to download ADATA’s SSD Toolbox and Migration Utility free of charge.

SSD Toolbox allows users to monitor and manage the SU630, with drive status, wear level, and lifespan information. The Migration Utility is especially helpful for users making the switch from HDD to SSD, as it allows for simple and straightforward backup and migration of data, including the operating system.

 

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HUAWEI P20 Pro Recalled After Shipping With Real ROM!

Excited about the HUAWEI P20 Pro? You may have to wait a while longer! Sources tell us that HUAWEI recalled over 60,000 of their P20 Pro smartphones after they shipped with real ROM!

 

The HUAWEI P20 Pro Recall

The HUAWEI P20 Pro is 6.1″ smartphone with a Full HD+ OLED display, and is powered by the octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970, with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory128 GB of flash storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

However, a large number of the P20 Pro had to be recalled after HUAWEI discovered that they shipped with real ROM, instead of regular flash memory. In a way, these 60,000 HUAWEI P20 Pro smartphones made history by being the first smartphones to actually shipped with real ROM chips!

HUAWEI traced the fault to a manager at their flash memory supplier who took their order for ROM chips too literally. They shipped actual ROM chips to them, instead of eMMC / UFS NAND chips that smartphones use.

The unnamed manager defended his action, pointing out that even HUAWEI’s website clearly states that the P20 Pro comes with ROM, and not regular NAND flash memory chips.

We checked, and true enough, the HUAWEI website officially lists that the HUAWEI P20 Pro comes with 128 GB ROM.

The moral of this story – STOP CALLING FLASH MEMORY ROM!!!

 

ROM versus Flash

ROM is short for Read Only Memory. The most basic ROM chip has its data programmed during its manufacture, and cannot be deleted or edited. ROM chips are useful because they are non-volatile – they retain their data even when power is cut.

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Newer ROM chips can be reprogrammed, but only slowly and with some difficulty – the entire chip must be erased before being overwritten. They are mostly used to store computer firmware that are not changed very often.

Flash memory, which is used as smartphone storage and in computer solid state drives, is also non-volatile. But their data can be replaced on a block-by-block basis, allowing them to be used as storage devices.

In short – smartphones do NOT use ROM chips for storage. They use flash memory chips!

 

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The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD Card Revealed!

SanDisk just unveiled the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card for smartphones and devices. That’s a humungous amount of storage in such a tiny storage device!

 

The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD Card Revealed!

For non-iPhone users, SanDisk offers the new 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card – the world’s highest-capacity microSD card. It will be available for purchase in Malaysia from December 2017 onwards.

The new 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card has copious storage capacity, and is rated at UHS-I with a 100 MB/s read speed. That means you can copy up to 1200 photos per minute!

It has also been certified as Application Performance Class 1, delivering a minimum of 1,500 IOPS (read) and 500 IOPS (write). That means you can install your apps on this microSD card for faster loading speed!

Like other microSD cards, the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card is waterproof, temperature-proof, X-ray proof, magnet-proof and of course, shock-proof.

For easy file management, you can download the SanDisk Memory Zone app from the Google Play store. It lets you view, access and backup your smartphone’s files in one location. It can also automatically move files from your device to the 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card.

 

Price & Availability

The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card comes with a ten-year limited warranty and will be available in Malaysia at 11street, Lazada and Shopee starting from December 2017.

In Malaysia, it will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of RM 1,499 / ~US$ 357. If you are in the US, you can purchase it for just $249.99.

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WD Announces BiCS4 – World’s First 96-Layer 3D NAND Tech

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it has successfully developed its next-generation 3D NAND technology, BiCS4, with 96 layers of vertical storage capability. Sampling to OEM customers is expected to commence in the second half of calendar year 2017 and initial production output is expected in calendar year 2018.

 

The BiCS4 96-Layer 3D NAND Technology

BiCS4, which was developed jointly with Western Digital’s technology and manufacturing partner Toshiba Corporation, will be initially deployed in a 256-gigabit chip and will subsequently ship in a range of capacities, including a terabit on a single chip.

“Our successful development of the industry’s first 96-layer 3D NAND technology demonstrates Western Digital’s continued leadership in NAND flash and solid execution to our technology roadmap,” said Dr. Siva Sivaram, executive vice president of memory technology at Western Digital. “BiCS4 will be available in 3-bits-per-cell and 4-bits-per-cell architectures, and it contains technology and manufacturing innovations to provide the highest 3D NAND storage capacity, performance and reliability at an attractive cost for our customers. Western Digital’s 3D NAND portfolio is designed to address the full range of end markets spanning consumer, mobile, computing and data center.”

Western Digital also highlighted strong ongoing operations at its joint venture manufacturing facilities in Japan. In particular, the company reiterated its expectation that in calendar year 2017, the output mix of its 64-layer 3D NAND technology, BiCS3, will comprise more than 75 percent of its overall 3D NAND bit supply. The company now believes that, along with its partner Toshiba Corporation, the combined 64-layer 3D NAND bit output of the joint ventures in calendar year 2017 will be higher than any other industry supplier in calendar year 2017.

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Limited Edition Kingston Rooster USB Drive Announced!

Hsinchu, 12 January 2017 – To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Kingston today announced The Year of the Rooster USB drive, the latest addition to its Data Traveler Chinese Zodiac USB drive lineup. Build with metallic rose-gold hue and USB 3.1 speeds, the Year of the Rooster USB drive has superior quality in a high-end design, which makes it a special gift for the joyful season.

 

Kingston Rooster USB Drive

Kingston Data Traveler Chinese Zodiac USB drive lineup has been one of the most popular products among collectors over the years. This year, the laser cut-out Rooster USB drive comes in a unique-designed red-themed box. Shipping now, the simple plug-and-play drive with fast USB 3.1 performance offers convenient and easily transportable storage for pictures, music, video and other important data files.

With a capacity of 32GB *, the Year of the Rooster USB drive is backed by a 5-year warranty, free technical support, and legendary Kingston reliability.

 

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Limited Edition Kingston Rooster Features & Specifications

Dimensions : 47mm x 29mm x 8mm
Compliant : USB 3.1
Capacity : 32GB
OS Compatibility : Windows10, 8.1, 8, 7(SP1), Vista(SP2), Mac OS X v.10.7.x+, Linux v 2.6.x+, Chrome OS
Part Number : DTCNY17/32GB
Warranty / Support : 5-year warranty with free technical support

* Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products.

 

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Kingston Management-Ready Encrypted USB Drives Launched

Hsinchu, Taiwan, April 13, 2016 – The massive leak of confidential documents recently not only reveal the hidden wealth of politician and businessmen worldwide, but also reiterate the importance of information security. Governments, corporates, and even individuals like us can never be too careful when dealing with sensitive materials. Kingston today announced two new hardware encrypted USB Flash drives that can be managed with SafeConsole by DataLocker.

 

Kingston Management-Ready Encrypted USB Drives

DataTraveler 4000G2 with Management (DT4000G2DM) and DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 with Management (DTVP30DM) solve the needs of organizations required to meet Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and protect data at the highest level across their mobile workforce. Both devices can be used as a managed solution via the SafeConsole Encryption Management Platform from DataLocker Inc., Kingston’s partner for encrypted USB drive management.

The new Kingston USB drives are both 256-bit AES hardware encrypted and FIPS certified (DT4000G2DM is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated; DTVP30DM is FIPS 197 certified) to ensure maximum corporate and personal data security.

Additionally, SafeConsole is the only secure USB management platform for secure USB drives with true password management – both remote and local. The platform enables secure resetting of forgotten passwords, activation of full audit trails, geolocation and geofencing to ensure cross-border compliance, automatic inventory, and a “remote kill” feature in the event of device loss.

Organizations should develop best practices to safeguard data outside of a company’s firewalls as data leaks become more prevalent and certain regions adopt regulatory policies. The European Union (EU) will soon enact the General Data Protection Regulation, which mandates that businesses strengthen their digital infrastructure or face significant penalties. Part of an organizational policy should include device-level management that allows control over LAN and Internet connections. This enables better tracking and auditing of data moving in and out of a company.

“Human error, malicious attacks and technical failures can place employee and corporate data at risk. Companies, agencies and organizations need to implement a security policy well before anything goes wrong as it’s critical to prevent non-compliance, fines and even financial loss,” said Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “Our latest encrypted managed USB drives, the recent IronKey acquisition and growing DataLocker partnership all demonstrates Kingston’s commitment to providing the most secure and largest family of encrypted USB solutions on the market.”

Kingston’s DT4000G2DM and DTVP30DM are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and are backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

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DataTraveler 4000G2 with Management Features & Specifications

  • Encrypted protection: With encryption, no one can see what you have stored on the drive without knowing the password.
  • Manageable: DT4000G2DM enables a complete set of centralized administration and management tools when used with server-based, control center technology of SafeConsole.
  • FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Certification: The drive is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified and TAA compliant, to meet frequently requested corporate and government requirements.
  • Customizable: Customize drives in a variety of ways, including serialization numbering, co-logo and customized product identifier for integration into standard end-point management software (white-listing), to meet internal corporate IT requirements.
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Speed:USB 3.0:
    • 4GB: 80MB/s read, 12MB/s write
    • 8GB & 16GB: 165MB/s read, 22MB/s write
    • 32GB: 250MB/s read, 40MB/s write
    • 64GB: 250MB/s read, 85MB/s write
    • USB 2.0: 4GB: 30MB/s read, 12MB/s write
    • 8GB–64GB: 30MB/s read, 20MB/s write
  • Dimensions: 77.9 mm x 22.2 mm x 12.05 mm
  • Waterproof: Up to 4 ft.; conforms to IEC 60529 IPX8. Product must be clean and dry before use.
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C to 85°C
  • Compatibility: USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    • USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
    • Two (2) free drive letters required for use
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DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 with Management Features & Specifications:

  • Encrypted protection: All your data is protected by hardware encryption, so no one can access your data without knowing the password.
  • Manageable: IT professionals can enable a complete set of centralized administration and management tools when used with server-based, control center technology of SafeConsole.
  • FIPS 197 Certified and TAA compliant
  • Anti-virus protection from ESET: The drive is available with anti-virus protection to keep data safe from viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits, adware and other Internet-borne threats.
  • Customizable: Customize drives in a variety of ways, including serialization numbering, co-logo and customized product identifier for integration into standard end-point management software (white-listing), to meet internal corporate IT requirements.
  • Interface: SuperSpeed (USB 3.0)
  • Capacity: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  •  Speed: USB 3.0: 4GB: 80MB/s read, 12MB/s write
    • 8GB & 16GB: 165MB/s read, 22MB/s write
    • 32GB: 250MB/s read, 40MB/s write
    • 64GB: 250MB/s read, 85MB/s write
    • USB 2.0: 4GB: 30MB/s read, 12MB/s write
    • 8GB–64GB: 30MB/s read, 20MB/s write
  • Dimensions: 77.9mm x 22.2mm x 12.05mm
  • Waterproof: Up to 4 ft.; conforms to IEC 60529 IPX8. Product must be clean and dry before use.
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C to 85°C
  • Compatibility: USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    • USB 3.0 compliant and 2.0 compatible
    • Two (2) free drive letters required for use

Note: DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 Anti-Virus is not compatible with Mac OS or Linux.

 

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