We can’t deny that we’re welcoming in a new era in technology nowadays. A time when technology isn’t about just get the job done. Many tech companies are working day and night tirelessly to give us the best possible experience on our handheld devices and laptops. Their work has resulted in new developments like virtual reality, 4K videography, and even AI.
The technologies we’ve just listed rely heavily on one main thing besides your devices processing power, memory. Whether it is on-board or using a memory card or a drive we can’t deny that we need more space! What’s the use of having, for example, a 10 terabyte memory card but it takes hours for your smartphone to read the data stored in it?
Soon we might even be ushering in 5G networking that will bring us supersonic download and upload speeds. Having to deal with slow memory chips won’t be a pleasant thing to experience. And that is where future technology is heading, creating better experiences for the end user.
Hey, don’t worry that memory problem we just discussed might not affect us at all! JEDEC an American organization that deals with electronics have just announced another much efficient and better of their UFS memory cards and chips. This new release of theirs is version 3.0. It means although it’s not that much of an accessible storage medium, for now, they are still working on it.
If they keep working at it as they have, we’ll be using UFS as our chief storage technology soon enough! Now that we’ve cleared that let’s jump right into it. What is UFS 3.0 and how will it be of benefit to us, the ordinary tech users?
First of all, as we’ve said that UFS 3.0 will speed up our device’s storage. Let us get into detail about how it will do this.
Data on the UFS 3.0 travels two ways, the first one is reading. That’s when your device is accessing and using data stored in it. The second is writing, and that’s when your device is storing data in a UFS 3.0 card or embedded memory chip.
Its speed can calculate data that travels in this manner. For example, the previous UFS chip which was the UFS 2.1 had a total rate of about 11 Gbps! It means that it could read and write files on it at approximately 5.5 Gbps, simultaneously!
Now, the new UFS 3.0 doubles that speed and can handle up to 23.2 Gbps of data speeds! This way faster than the current microSD cards we’re using at the moment! The fastest SD card out there can only handle about 400 Mbps, reading and writing at the same time.
JEDEC has also set their sights on the car manufacturing industry! It will be beneficial especially because soon we will have AI controlled vehicles. Without a doubt, their computing systems will be relying heavily on sound quality, fast memory.
Besides AI controlled cars, even the ordinary everyday vehicles we’re using nowadays need memory. All the additional car features like the car’s entertainment system, the GPS navigator, and ADAS your car’s system, they rely on memory. With this in mind, JEDEC optimized the UFS 3.0 to be able to work in extreme conditions usually found in a car. They even made it be in extreme temperatures starting from -40 C up to 105 C!
Before we forget, the UFS 3.0 also doesn’t use a lot of power. In fact, it seems like JEDEC is improving power usage on each new UFS model they create. The UFS 3.0 has a power supply of 2.5 volts which won’t consume too much of your battery’s life. This is a significant improvement compared to the UFS 2.1 which had power supplies ranging from 2.7 V to 3.6 V.