Western Digital Corp says it’s enriching smartphone users’ mobile experience in the 5G era with a new embedded flash drive (EFD) that provides the speed and capacity necessary to maximise the capabilities of ultra-high-end smartphones and mobile devices. Built on the company’s 96-layer 3D NAND, the iNAND MC EU511 supports Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.0 Gear 4/2 Lane specifications. The advanced iNAND SmartSLC Generation six propels turbo sequential write speeds up to 750MB/s, enabling a 2-hour movie download in only 3.6 seconds.
The 5G standard promises ultra-fast transfer speeds, low latency, lower power consumption and high network capacities for all mobile and edge devices. These capabilities necessitate the high-speed data interfaces, such as UFS 3.0, transforming not only smartphones but billions of interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
“Smartphones are increasingly becoming the hub of all things connected,” says Oded Sagee, Senior Director, Devices, Western Digital. “High speed 5G networks are set to deliver data at up to 100X the speed of previous generations and amplify AI on many devices. Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered by integrated neural processing units (NPU) with access to big and fast data will transform how we use our smartphones. Real-time computing on the edge will be in such high demand that high standards of data capturing and accessing are fundamental. With our UFS 3.0 embedded flash drive, we are enabling users to experience the new power of 5G applications, on-demand, seamlessly and instantaneously.”
Powered by the higher performance of a UFS 3.0 flash interface, 5G mobile devices will provide greater performance and lower latency for applications such as augmented reality, virtual reality (AR/VR) and mobile gaming. Additionally, high network speeds will enable consumers to quickly download and view ultra-high-resolution photos and 4K/8K media on mobile devices.