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UFS 3.0 specification now finalized for the next generation of smartphones and automobiles

UFS 3.0 specification promises to be twice as fast as UFS 2.0  (Image source: Symbolfoto)
UFS 3.0 specification promises to be twice as fast as UFS 2.0 (Image source: Symbolfoto)
A car with 256 GB of storage? The new UFS standard incorporates a couple of features designed specifically for implementation onto cars.

JEDEC, the association for the development of solid-state technology standards, has made public the core specifications for the next version of its Universal Flash Storage standard. Called UFS 3.0, the announcement comes almost 5 years after the introduction of UFS 2.0 with performance benefits of up to 2x over the old specification.

The refreshed spec sheet is still limited to two lanes like UFS 2.0 and UFS 2.1, but each lane will now be capable of transferring 11.6 Gbps compared to 5.8 Gbps for UFS 2.0 for a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 2900 MB/s. Aside from the expected performance benefits, UFS 3.0 will also improve upon the lifespan of NAND cells and provide up to 2.5 V of electricity in order to support forthcoming NAND technologies.

Currently, many flagship Android smartphones utilize UFS including the Nubia Z17, Huawei Mate 9, Sony Xperia XZ, and countless others. JEDEC is looking to expand the application of UFS onto automobiles by extending its operating range to encompass temperatures as low as -40 C up to 105 C with adjustments to the host controller for improved reliability. Cars with high capacity NAND flash may seem frivolous at the moment, but the institution is likely seeing a lucrative market with the advent of tech-driven self-driving cars.

No smartphones have been announced with UFS 3.0 technology at the time of writing. Nonetheless, this could soon change with MWC 2018 just around the corner where prototype smartphones are often on display.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-02- 1 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.