Samsung starts production of storage chip for cars

Park Sae-jin Reporter Posted : 2018-02-08 15:48 Updated : 2018-02-13 15:57
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SEOUL, Feb. 08 (Aju News) -- Samsung Electronics, the world's largest chipmaker, has embarked on the mass production of a new storage chip for driver assistant systems and next-generation infotainment systems.

The tech company said in a statement Thursday that it has started mass producing the storage device, "256GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS)". Samsung said its 256GB eUFS is being shipped to auto firms preparing for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), next-generation infotainment systems and new-age dashboards in luxury vehicles.

Samsung said the new chip is operable in extreme temperatures. The 256GB eUFS chip can transfer data up to 850MB per second, making it fast and reliable enough to be used in vehicles which require a high level of data processing and reliability due to safety reasons.

"Starting with high-end vehicles, we expect to expand our business portfolio across the entire automotive market, while accelerating growth in the premium memory segment," Han Kyoung-hwan, vice president of Samsung's NAND marketing, said in a statement.

Samsung acquired Harman International Industries, a US-based global leader in connected and autonomous car technology, last year, and revealed DRVLINE, a new premium hardware and software platform for autonomous vehicles, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

The platform allows personal customization through open modular systems. Samsung’s 256GB eUFS not only can easily endure the new temperature specification, despite the heat-sensitive nature of memory storage, but also through its temperature notification feature, a sensor will notify the host application processor (AP) when the device temperature exceeds 105°C or any pre-set level. The AP would then regulate its clock speed to lower the temperature to an acceptable level.