KIOXIA introduces UFS Ver. 4.0 embedded flash memory devices for automotive applications

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KIOXIA America is sampling the industry’s first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) Ver. 4.0 embedded flash memory devices designed for automotive applications.

These new, higher performing devices deliver fast embedded storage transfer speeds in a small package size and are targeted to a variety of next-generation automotive applications, including telematics, infotainment systems and ADAS4.

The improved performance of UFS products - including approximately +100% for sequential read and approximately +40% for sequential write - enables these applications to take advantage of 5G’s connectivity benefits, leading to faster system startup times and a better user experience.

The first company to introduce UFS technology, KIOXIA said that its new UFS Ver. 4.0 devices integrate the company’s BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and a controller in a JEDEC-standard package. UFS 4.0 incorporates MIPI M-PHY 5.0 and UniPro 2.0 and supports theoretical interface speeds of up to 23.2 gigabits per second (Gbp/s) per lane or 46.4 Gbp/s per device. UFS 4.0 is backward compatible with UFS 3.1.

These devices support High Speed Link Startup Sequence (HS-LSS) features, enabling Link Startup (M-PHY and UniPro initialisation sequence) between device and host to be performed at a faster HS-G1 Rate A (1248 megabits per second) than that of conventional UFS. This is expected to reduce the time for Link Startup by approximately 70% compared to the conventional method.

New, advanced features and functionalities have been included in UFS Ver. 4.0 to address demanding automotive application requirements, including:

Refresh Feature: Improves data reliability by refreshing degraded data to prevent data corruption even in the harsh, demanding in-vehicle environment.

Extended Diagnosis Feature: Enables users to view important information from the UFS device, allowing preventative action to be taken.

Available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512 gigabytes (GB), these KIOXIA devices support a wide temperature range, meet AEC8-Q100 Grade requirements and offer enhanced reliability capabilities that complex automotive applications require.

“KIOXIA continues to demonstrate its leadership in UFS memory with the introduction of the industry’s first UFS Ver. 4.0 device for automotive applications,” said Maitry Dholakia, vice president, Memory Business Unit, for KIOXIA America. “The accelerated processing power and increased data storage capacity it provides will enable the next generation of automotive systems that can that take advantage of 5G, IoT and artificial intelligence.”