With the growth of technology, we have also been seeing a growth in the variety of devices that we use on a daily basis for various purposes.
While these devices may use different technologies for different purposes, they still have a common need for storage space. This need is often fulfilled with the use of memory cards.
The most common format for these memory cards in the past decade has been the MicroSD storage format. It has gained popularity over other types of storage formats, thanks to it’s ease of use and high transfer speeds.
However, Samsung seems to think that it’s time for use to evolve past this format, as they have just unveiled what they claim to be the next generation of memory cards.
This new format of storage is called the Universal Flash Storage, and it is based on the new JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard.
By adopting this new standard, Samsung aims to increase read speeds of memory cards all the way up to 530 megabytes per second (MB/s), which is 5 times faster than regular microSD cards which can only manage upto 95 megabytes per second.
In addition to this, the new standard also improves the random read and write rates, with a potential of 40,000 IOPS and 35,000 IOPS respectively.
As you can guess, these are massive improvement and are likely to revolutionize the way we deal with storage issues on our smart devices.
Samsung is yet to introduce the prices or a launch date for these cards, although we do know that these cards will be available in 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB variants.
The only problem that we see so far in the adoption of this new standard is the fact that the pin configuration is different as compared to regular MicroSD cards, which means almost all smart device manufacturers would have to make some serious changes to their manufacturing process before it can become a norm.
We don’t know how long this change will take, however, we do expect atleast Samsung to bring support for this new format in their upcoming smart devices. We’ll just have to wait and watch for their next launch.