Toshiba announces new eMMC 5.1 embedded memory modules
As the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales forecasts show, the market needs more than just faster processors and improved battery life - high-speed embedded memory solutions are essential ingredients of handsets and tablets as well. Toshiba introduced the first eMMC 5.1 products back in October 2014 with support for all mandatory features of this standard. Earlier this week, they announce d new chips that offer command queuing and secure write protection, two optional features of the JEDEC eMMC 5.1 specification.
These chips offer 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage space and promise up to 30 percent better random read performance compared to eMMC 5.1 solutions from Toshiba that do not have the command queuing feature. According to the official press release, "This feature improves the user experience, allowing the simultaneous execution of multiple applications at the same time – a typical scenario for users of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets."
While sample shipments of the 16 GB and 64 GB versions already begun earlier this week, the other densities will follow soon. Details on pricing are not available yet, but mass production is expected to begin Q2 2015. Please check the press release below for more information.