Samsung outs mobile Flash that cuts a dash
Ultra-fast storage for phones, fondleslabs
Samsung is now mass-producing "ultra-fast" Flash memory - the fastest of its kind, the Korean company claims - for phones and tablets.
According to Samsung, the memory shifts bits at four times the speed of the firm's previous Embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC) parts, delivering sequential read and write speeds of less than 140MB/s and 50MB/s, respectively.
Random data transfers are clocked at 3500 (read) and 1500 (write) IOPS.
The Flash comes in 64Mb (8MB) units to be hooked up to the host over a DDR 2 interface. It's fabbed at 20nm and supports the eMMC 4.5 spec.
Volume production now means the Samsung Flash will be appearing in devices any month now. iPhone 5, anyone? ®
Short of contract restrictions, Samsung would be crazy to go giving Apple competitive advantages.
Next thing you know, they'd be sued for using the memory they invented in their own phones.
You beat me to it. I was going to say...
"Volume production now means the Samsung Flash will be appearing in devices any month now. iPhone 5, anyone?"
Yes, at which point Apple will patent the idea of using this ultra fast Flash memory in portable devices, and accuse anyone else who uses it of copying their tech, and try to get it banned.
" When has Apple ever sued anyone over hardware patents?"
And when has anyone ever taken an OTT comment posted with a troll icon seriously?
Re: Uh... 8MB parts?
There's a trade off between so many factors in a mobile device. Power consumption, capacity, chip size and cost.
Almost none of the above applies in desktop/laptops apart from cost.
When has Apple ever sued anyone over hardware patents?
Apple is primarily a software company. Samsung is primarily a hardware company.
Hence why Apple sues Samsung over visual style and software elements and Samsung fires back about hardware patents.
Samsung is in business to make money and therefore they aren't going to refuse a large order for parts from Apple.
Commodore in the 1980s was making the 6502 processors used by Apple, Atari and many other of their competitors yet they didn't play dirty.