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Early adoption will likely be slow

At its Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum 2012 this week Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930announced that it had just initiated mass production of 128 GB NAND flash chips for mobile devices.

The chips are destined to wind up in high-end smartphones and tablets.  They support 140 MB/s data transfer speeds (reads) and adhere to the JEDEC eMMC v4.5 specification.  The chips are fabricated on Samsung's new 20nm process and feature a toggle DDR 2.0 interface.

Expect early adoption to be slow, particularly on the smartphone front.

Samsung first introduced 64 GB memory modules in Jan. 2010.  Yet two years later, the only 64 GB smartphones are Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 5 and ASUSTek Computer Inc.'s (TPE:2357) Android Padfone.  Beyond that HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) has a handful of premiere 32 GB models, while most of the rest of the Android pack are sitting at 16 GB or less of internal storage.

Samsung 128 GB memory

Source: Samsung

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Minor tweak
By Shadowself on 9/18/2012 1:55:18 PM , Rating: 3
Samsung first introduced 64 GB memory modules in Jan. 2010. Yet two years later, the only 64 GB smartphones are Apple, Inc.'s iPhone 5 and ASUSTek Computer Inc.'s Android Padfone.

Should be...

Samsung first introduced 64 GB memory modules in Jan. 2010. Yet two years and nine months later, the only smartphones with 64 GB of internal, fixed storage are Apple, Inc.'s iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 and ASUSTek Computer Inc.'s Android Padfone.

RE: Minor tweak
By Samus on 9/18/2012 7:59:52 PM , Rating: 2
The iPhone needs 64GB of memory considering it has no expansion slot like practically every other smartphone on the market.

Speed - 140MB/s
By XZerg on 9/18/2012 12:55:11 PM , Rating: 3
Typo - 140GB/s - it would be nice to see Windows tablets with 2 of these chips providing closer to 200MB/s+. Even if the single chip provides comparable performance (50%) to standard SSD drives for small random IO, it would be nice to see such storages.

Meanwhile at Apple..
By Nyu on 9/18/2012 3:13:38 PM , Rating: 2
.. new expensive non-standard plugs head to mobile devices.

/applaud the real innovators and tech companies who really drive the technology forward.

By GotThumbs on 9/18/2012 5:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
By allowing consumers to use Micro-SD cards, WE get the choice of less expensive phones and expand the memory as we see fit. Many can use existing microUSB cables to charge their phones and even access their phone

Apple charges $100 each tier to expand soldered memory from 16, 32, 64. Apple requires a proprietary cable to charge and you can only add content using proprietary software ITunes.

Why pay up to 200.00 more for a phone when you can buy a 50.00 MicroSD card and keep the rest in YOUR pocket? Apple LOVES to take advantage of its followers, so it gets away with it. Over time many will begin to wake from the infatuation and breakup with Apple.

Reality Check on Android and Apple comparison...

Sounded too good to be true.
By n0b0dykn0ws on 9/18/2012 12:54:15 PM , Rating: 1
That's 140 MB/s, not GB/s.

Would be mind blowing for a 140 GB/s read!

Ready for a 128GB S3
By dsquare86 on 9/18/2012 12:55:40 PM , Rating: 1
Just saying...

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