Samsung builds world's first 1TB storage chip ahead of Galaxy S10 launch

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The announcement comes following rumors that the company would introduce a Galaxy S10 variant with a terabyte of storage.

Samsung has announced that it is now mass producing the world's first 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage 2.1 (eUFS) module for phones, and the timing of the launch suggests the storage chip could end up on the Galaxy S10.

According to Samsung, the 1TB eUFS solution retains the same 11.5mm x 13.0mm package size as the previous 512GB version but they have doubled the capacity by combining 16 stacked layers of Samsung's 512-gigabit V-NAND flash memory with a new proprietary controller.

For an idea of just how much storage this is, Samsung says it'll be enough to store 260 10-minute 4K videos. The chip promises speeds of up to 1,000 MB/s which is nearly twice the sequential read speed of a conventional 2.5-inch SATA SSD.

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"In terms of performance, the new eUFS is capable of 1000MB/s sequential read speed which is twice the speed of a typical 2.5" SATA SSD.

You might think 1 TB of storage in a smartphone is an overkill, but Samsung thinks otherwise. This new technology will also allow smartphone users to have similar storage capacity as a premium notebook PC, eliminating the need to supplement their storage with microSD cards.

The random read speed has been increased by 38 percent to 58,000 IOPS compared to the 512GB eUFS. Samsung says that this media-hoarding room runs 10 times faster than ordinary memory cards. "What's more, Samsung is committed to assuring the most reliable supply chain and adequate production quantities to support the timely launches of upcoming flagship smartphones in accelerating growth of the global mobile market".