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UFS – a super fast storage card

UFS – a super fast storage card 

Due to this intolerance, we crave more speed and to satisfy that need for speed, technology continues its advancement in slashing the time consumed to get to our digital destination.

A good example of offering more speed was seen last week with the announcement from Samsung of a super fast removable storage card that could one day succeed the slower microSD cards in our devices. The Universal Flash Storage (UFS) memory card, which offers storage capacity from 32 to 256 gigabytes while performing speeds that is five times faster that microSD cards was unveiled on July 7.

What this means is, if reading a 5-gigabyte full HD movie, it will take about 10 seconds with UFS as compared to a standard microSD card, which reads the same file in about 50 seconds. So with the UFS, you’re not only getting good storage capacity but speeds up to five times greater than most microSD cards currently on the market.

Write speeds also improved significantly, with rates of up to 170 MB/s which is nearly twice the speed of the very fastest microSDs, like the SanDisk Extreme Pro card, which has write speeds of up to 100 MB/s, but what is important to note is the UFS is seven or eight times faster than the current batch of cards used by non-professionals.

Why unleash so much power? Other than to satisfy our need for speed, Samsung says all this power is necessary to keep up with the plethora of high-resolution recording from our smartphones, cams, drones, robots, and even virtual reality headsets.

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With cameras having the capability of shooting 4K video, the UFS cards can act as fast as internal storage, with the ability to extract and write video without lag. That is something microSD cards struggle with, especially in top-line cameras.

The UFS standard is not something new though, it has appeared as an embedded feature in a few devices already like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but at this time there are no products on the market that support UFS as removable storage.

Samsung didn’t say when UFS card slots would be in devices, but one could imagine that it will take some time, as device makers will have to design UFS slots into new products and configure to operate this new standard in removable storage.

Regarding design, the UFS card looks similar to a microSD card on the front and appears to have the same size but the configuration on the back is not the same as the microSD card.


A question that remains is, how effective will UFS be as storage media? With faster speed this may give device makers a good reason to put UFS slots in place over the universally used microSD. However, when compared to storage capacity the microSD cards today offer more, with up to even 512GB of storage. But one can get a sense that this issue of storage will not be a herculean task to accomplish once UFS becomes the standard removal storage option.

At this time pricing and availability have not been disclosed but with this announcement from Samsung it would not be surprising to see this fast, removable storage solution in next gen Galaxy smartphones. 

Source: Samsung 

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