Last week, Samsung Electronics unveiled removable memory cards based on the JEDEC UFS (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council Universal Flash Storage) 1.0 Card Extension Standard. These cards are meant for use in high-resolution mobile shooting devices such as DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, etc. This is the first UFS removable cards in the industry.

With Galaxy S6 last year, Samsung had introduced UFS 2.0 Flash Storage in smartphones for the first time. The leading memory storage provider becomes the first to introduce this standard to removable storage as well.

Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal user experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution,” said Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics “By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all.

UFS memory cards will be available in a range of capacities – 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB. The high-speed memory cards will enhance user experiences, especially in high-resolution 3D gaming and high-resolution video playback.

Comparable to common SSDs

The newer standard memory cards provide more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to a microSD card. With sequential read speed up to 530 MB/s, these cards perform as fast as most widely used SATA SSDs. This means that users will be able to read a high-resolution 5 GB movie in just 10 seconds. UHS-1 microSD cards, could do this in 50 seconds with a read speed of just around 95 MB/s.

At a random read rate of 40,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second), the 256 GB card provides more than 20 times higher random read performance compared to a typical microSD, which offers approximately 1,800 IOPS. When it comes to writing, the new 256 GB UFS card processes 35,000 random IOPS. This is 350 times higher than the 100 IOPS of a typical microSD card, and attains a 170 MB/s sequential write speed, almost doubling the top-end microSD card speed.

With Samsung introducing a slot to accept both microSD and UFS cards, the upcoming Note 7 may support UFS cards. Or else, at least the flagships in 2017 will support these high-speed cards. Either way, this constant development in memory technology is good news for consumers like us!

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