I know… just as you have gotten your head around the endless possibilities and capacities of the SD and Micro SD card, they go and release a bigger and better thing to get used to. Well, now it’s the UFS card, or Universal Flash Storage, and it is well-suited to many a task. But what are the advantages of UFS cards? What do they offer that the SD does not, and why should you move on up to the level of the UFS?
What is the UFS card?
The UFS Card is a storage solution for all sorts of technologies, mainly digital cameras, smartphones and other electronic devices. Industry leaders such as Samsung are positioning UFS as a replacement to both SD and eMMc memory, which is currently the common solution for consumer electronics, owing to its competitive data transfer speed and reliability.
What are the advantages of UFS cards?
Naturally, as technologies progress and newer series of smartphone and other device are released, rates of inbuilt UFS memory will increase, and Samsung is not the only major supplier looking to adopt it. With this in mind, it is likely that any technophile will be hopping on the UFS bandwagon at some point in the future.
But if you’re interested in what the advantages of UFS cards are right now, there’s plenty to consider.
- Faster data transfer – vital to high resolution video and photos, as well as quick Wi-Fi and USB connection, Samsung claim their UFS model achieves almost double the IOPS of eMMc at 19,000, and a bandwidth scale of up to 1200MB/s, compared with eMMc’s 400 MB/s. This, basically, leads to everything you do being slightly faster and more efficient.
- Lower energy – the bonus level on top of faster operations, UFS requires far lower energy input to achieve its huge speed improvements – in fact, only half of what eMMc need. So while enjoying better and quicker speed, you’ll get more of it for your battery life.
- Full duplexing – eMMc is not the greatest multitasker, and so is forced to apply itself to only one function at a time – reading or writing – known as half-duplexing. UFS goes the whole hog on the duplex front, allowing for both functions to be taking place simultaneously
What Does the Future Hold for UFS?
Another of UFS’s commodities that makes it the obvious successor to the eMMc is the use of serial high-speed I/F, which can achieve increased speed over time, providing performance scalability. The introduction of UFS as the new memory standard is set to make all device activity stronger, quicker and longer-lasting, and let’s face it: who would say no to that?