On Tuesday, Samsung Semiconductor introduced UFS 4.0, the next version of Universal Flash Storage
Universal Flash Storage (UFS) has gained a lot of traction among Android phones. UFS was only exclusively seen in flagship phones and higher-end mid-range phones. However, since the technology has gotten more economical, it has essentially displaced eMMC as the flash storage of choice in budget and mid-range smartphones.
The fastest storage option currently available for Android handsets is UFS 3.1, which was introduced in 2020. However, it is now time for an upgrade as Samsung Semiconductor unveiled UFS 4.0, the latest generation of Universal Flash Storage, on Tuesday.
Significant performance improvements with UFS 4.0
UFS 4.0 offers significant performance improvements over UFS 3.0/3.1. For starters, the new standard allows for lane speeds of up to 23.2 Gbps. When compared to UFS 3.1’s 11.6 Gbps speed, this is twice as fast.
Samsung promises sequential read rates of up to 4,200 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 2,800 MB/s for read and write performance. Samsung’s 7th Generation V-NAND and a proprietary controller make this possible.
UFS 4.0 is also more power-efficient
At the same time, UFS 4.0 is significantly more power-efficient than the prior standard, with a 46 per cent improvement in power efficiency over the previous standard.
While UFS 4.0 is primarily aimed at smartphones, it is also likely to be used in AR, VR, and automotive applications. It is based on the most recent JEDEC standard specification.
First smartphones with UFS 4.0 to debut in early 2023
UFS 4.0 chips will be available in increasingly smaller sizes, with storage capacity ranging from 1TB to 2TB. Samsung claims that mass production of UFS 4.0 will begin in Q3 2022. That means the first smartphones with UFS 4.0 storage should be available later this year or in early 2023.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are likely to have UFS 4.0 storage technology. Furthermore, the UFS 4.0 storage may be included in next year’s Galaxy S series smartphone.
Apart from smartphones, UFS 4.0 will be employed in ARNR devices and the automobile sector in the future.