Samsung Unveils First 256GB Flash Storage Chip

Samsung has announced that it has begun producing the world’s first 256GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 chip, for use in next-generation, high-end mobile devices. The new UFS chip’s performance speeds exceed those of a typical SATA solid state drive (SSD).

“By providing high-density UFS memory that is nearly twice as fast as a SATA SSD for PCs, we will contribute to a paradigm shift within the mobile data storage market,” Joo Sun Choi, Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing for Samsung Electronics, said in a press release. “We are determined to push the competitive edge in premium storage line-ups – OEM NVMe SSDs, external SSDs, and UFS – by moving aggressively to enhance performance and capacity in all three markets.”

The 256GB UFS memory module boasts 45,000 (read) and 40,000 (write) input/output operations per second (IOPS), which is more than twice as fast as the previous generation of UFS chips, which operate at 19,000 (read) and 14,000 (write) IOPS.

“Using Samsung’s advanced memory technology, the new UFS memory chips are extremely compact, even smaller than an external micro SD card, giving greater flexibility to smartphone designers,” the press release reads.

Samsung hopes the new UFS chips will help support watching 1080p and 4K video on mobile devices, so presumably the memory is set to be a feature of future Samsung Galaxy tablets, and maybe even the Samsung Galaxy Note 6.

Milk Video, Samsung’s New Ad-Free YouTube Rival Revealed


After the launch of its audio streaming app Milk Music, Samsung’s media service strategy took another step forward on Wednesday with the reveal of Milk Video, an add-free video aggregation app designed to challenge YouTube. Milk Video pulls clips from sources including Vevo, Buzzfeed, Vice, CollegeHumor, and, of course, YouTube itself, and collates them into a customisable stream, à la Vine. Funny or Die and Red Bull Studios are slated to produce exclusive content for Milk.

Samsung has its own editorial committee who curate and rank viral video content within specific genres. Kevin Swint, Samsung’s Vice President of Content and Services, maintains that this will help users to discover content more easily, saying, “Discovery happens in very haphazard and random way. This experience leaves a lot of people feeling like they’re always the last one to see the video that everybody is talking about. We thought we could solve that.”

Milk Video is a free app, exclusive to Samsung Galaxy devices.

Source: Mashable