Samsung Flash Storage

The times, they are a changin'. Devices are getting thinner and thinner, meaning space between the battery and screen is a premium. Samsung has announced that its come to a new milestone in its flash memory division, dropping down to a 10nm (nanometer)-class manufacturing process for 64GB chips. That doesn't really mean much on the face of it, but the end result is a chip that's physically 20-percent smaller, and has nearly double the performance in terms of IOPS (input/output per second) at 2,000 write and 5,000 read. These new chips have sequential read and write speeds of 260MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively, which is over 10 times faster than an external Class 10 SDcard.

That's some serious performance improvements over external storage, and at the capacities that these chips are available in, you're not exactly making any compromises. Also remember that Samsung manufactures these components for more than just their own devices. Many different manufacturers utilize Samsung for device components, so we'll hopefully start seeing these new, faster chips in phones and tablets across the board soon.

Source: Samsung; Via: Engadget


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Samsung now manufacturing 10 nanometer 64GB flash storage chips


Samsung is the only manufacturer that understands that people still need on board storage. In a time of the Duopoly att and verizon charging data at a premium now, people don't want to pay out the ass to stream everything from their device.

This is not a software change, but is more about the memory chips at this point. Since memory(RAM) is not nearly as complicated as a processor(graphics or otherwise), improving fab process technologies always start with memory chips, and then eventually move on to processors, GPUs, and other products. Hell, maybe AMD should switch to using Samsung for their entire processor fabrication once Samsung can produce 10nm chips.

This memory is physically 20% smaller, has nearly double the performance...and is 20% more expensive for Apple. Lol

I read they came out and denied that. Obviously they would deny it but also they're prices are set for I think a year it said.

Welcome news indeed. There really shouldn't be any excuse to not offer phone storage in the 32gb to 64gb range. I really don't know anyone who could live on an 8gb phone or tablet. Hopefully these chips find their way into the next gen Samsung flagship phones and other offerings from manufacturers who use Samsung for components. I'd love a phone that can handle all of my music and a couple of high end games with storage to spare for pictures. Cloud is great for backup, but - for me, at least - it's still not 100% reliable simply because of my coverage in certain areas. Kudos to Samsung for being ahead of the pack with these chips.

I hate to sound like a "fanboy", but is there anything Samsung can't do (besides win a court case on US soil..)?

I still want expandable storage. The free song of the day Google churns out adds up fast. Sue me for wanting to store it all locally...

MicroSD is expandable storage, and my S3 and the Note 2 have slots for MicroSD cards up to 64GB.

Would love to hear about cost estimates vs. current tech. While I'm more than fine with 32gb of internal storage (could do w/ 16gb), this could be what's needed to get those that need every song, book, and movie in their library on their phone into the Nexus program.

As a storage whore, I'd rather there be minimal onboard storage and a card slot than a ton of onboard storage and no slot.

Cards will keep getting larger in capacity. The phone will not change.

I really hope this will encourage OEM's to use more onboard storage in their future phones. Internal storage doesn't cost a ton, and people are clearly willing to pay a premium to get more of it, at least in the absence of expandable storage (see how the demand for the 16 GB N7 gave birth to the 32 GB model). Charging $50 (N4, N7, Galaxy S III) or $100 (iDevices, N10) for a storage upgrade can generate more than enough profit to justify the manufacturing complexity, and now that flash storage can be really thin, OEM's don't have the thinness excuse anymore, either. Give them half a year (generous), and then start to expect lots of internal storage in thin phones.