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Samsung introduces new microSD UHS-1 memory cards

by on05 April 2012

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Up to 80MB/s read speeds, four times faster

On Wednesday, Samsung announced a new ulta high speed memory interface standard for microSD cards, dubbed "microSD Ultra High Speed 1 (UHS-1). The new standard will become the successor to microSDXC and microSDHC standards for LTE-enabled superphones and tablets that demand excessive amounts of bandwidth for 3D gaming, HD video capabilities and other high-performance mobile applications.

"MicroSD cards with a UHS-1 interface offer users an extremely high level of performance on their LTE smartphones and for other advanced mobile applications. This allows consumers to enjoy high-quality images and video playback directly from the memory cards, which fully support the advanced performance features of diverse digital gadgets," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Our UHS-1 card demonstrates how Samsung plans to continually expand its line-up of memory cards in accommodating the market need for higher densities and greater performance."

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New microSD Ultra High Speed-1 (UHS-1) 16GB memory cards

Samsung's new Ultra High Speed-1 (UHS-1) cards are comprised of 20nm MLC NAND flash called "toggle DDR 2.0" based on 64Gb chips and include advanced Samsung controllres supporting the new interface.

According to Samsung's internal performance tests, the new 16GB UHS-1 microSD card has a maximum sequential read speed of 80 megabytes per second (MB/s). This is more than four times the read speed of today's advanced microSD cards, which operate at 21MB/s.

The company will first introduce microSD UHS-1 cards in 16GB capacities at launch, and will eventually expand its lineup to include higher storage densities over the next year with premium price points comparative to currently existing microSDXC and microSDHC memory cards.

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