Faster, lower power, and auto friendly improvements for memory in latest UFS spec

The group responsible for setting standards for a variety of tech, JEDEC,  released a new standard for mobile storage that uses UFS, moving the specifications from v2.1 to V3.0. The new specs raise the bar for speed and power consumption for memory cards and lay the groundwork for better adoption by the automotive industry.

Standards for memory cards may not seem to be that important for end users, but there are actually several applications where the improvements will be seen – eventually. One of the big changes with the updated standard is a doubling of the data transfer speeds using a UFS card, pushing the rate up to 11.6 Gbps per lane. Another big change is in power consumption requirements as the new UFS standard reduces the power needed.

Probably the most significant area where end users may notice these improvements will be in capabilities available for video capture. With more data able to be transferred and without overloading the power requirements, phone manufacturers will be able to add new capabilities to smartphone cameras like recording video at higher resolutions with increased framerates. The improvement in throughput will also help users realize minimized times waiting on the transfer of large amounts of data.

Another area that received some attention from JEDEC was the addition of standards for the use of memory cards in automotive applications. One of the challenges for the automotive market is dealing with environmental extremes, notably high temperatures, so the new standards aim to help ensure cards will function properly in those situations.

Chairman of the JEDEC Board of Directors Mian Quddus had this to say about the release of the new standards:

“UFS 3.0, UFSHCI 3.0 and the UFS Card Extension update offer a host of enhancements over the prior versions of these standards that will help product designers enable significant improvements in mobile devices and related applications. The addition of features specifically for the automotive market underscores the commitment of JEDEC members to continue to evolve the UFS ecosystem to meet the needs of the industry and, ultimately, the consumer.”

Although the new standards were announced this week, it will still be some time before manufacturers complete the work to incorporate them into their products. There will then be additional time involved for producers of products for the consumer retail market to add the updated hardware to their products and design software to take advantage of the new capabilities.

source: JEDEC
via: Engadget

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