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Western Digital launches 96-Layer 3D NAND UFS 2.1 Embedded Flash Drive for smartphones

The leading data storage hardware manufacturing company Western Digital releases the industry-first 96-Layer 3D NAND UFS 2.1 Embedded Flash Drive for the high-end smartphone devices in the market. This newly launched flagship level flash drive focuses on the advanced possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), multi-camera high-resolution photography, 4K video capture and other demanding applications for high-end mobile and computing devices.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Oded Sagee, senior director, product marketing Western Digital, said: “Mobile devices have become the hub of our everyday connected lives. As emerging capabilities for 5G speeds, 4K video, AR and VR continue to transform what smartphones, tablets, and notebooks are capable of, user expectations and technology requirements to support these rich user experiences are also on the rise, Our 3D NAND technology enables users to tap into higher embedded storage capacity to support their data needs throughout the smartphone life cycle. In addition, where the performance of a device with traditional storage architecture typically slows down as it nears capacity, the Western Digital iNAND MC EU321 EFD is purpose-built to maintain high performance, enabling users to continue to create, preserve and enjoy their digital experiences.” 

The all-new iNAND® MC EU321 EFD flash drives from Western Digital come with 3D NAND technology, advanced UFS 2.1 interface technologies and Western Digital’s iNAND SmartSLC 5.1 architecture. This flash drive is expected to deliver the industry’s best data performance for the smartphones, tablet, and PC notebook devices, enabling outstanding mobile experiences even as the device approaches full capacity.

According to the research by CounterPoint, the growth of the average NAND flash storage capacities is in a healthy CAGR of 28% between 2017-2021. As per the research report, it is due to the replacement demand from the mature tablet users to the more powerful and bigger screen devices. According to Western Digital, this new iNAND MC EU321 EFD flash drives can achieve the optimum performance speeds up to 550MB/s. The company is currently releasing the storage capacities up to 256GB.