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Samsung Starts Producing New Mobile Flash Storage

Samsung Electronics has started producing new smartphone and tablet flash storage chips, which the company said is four times faster than its predecessors.

Samsung's eMMC Pro Class 1500 will come in capacities from 16GB to 64GB and provides the industry's "fastest speeds" for embedded memory devices, the company said in a statement.

The speed will be important for tasks like gaming or 3D video playback, which require fast read and write times to storage for faster processing. The drive provides sequential reading speeds of up to 140 megabytes per second, and write speeds of up to 50 megabytes per second. The random read speed is 3500 IOPS (input/output operations per second) and the random write speed is 1500 IOPS.

A 64GB eMMC flash storage unit weighs only 0.6 grams, Samsung said. The storage chips will be embedded in mobile devices.

The embedded memory units will be made in Samsung's 20-nm (nanometer) class production facilities. The previous 64GB embedded chips were made using the 30-nm class manufacturing facilities. Samsung did not specify the scale at which it will manufacture the chips. Samsung first provided 64GB storage using two 32GB modules in 2010, and the newer chips are also more power-efficient.

Samsung was not immediately available to comment on when the storage would appear in devices.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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