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Western Digital to boost 5G smartphone experience

Western Digital was an early supporter of JEDEC’s implementation of Write Booster under the UFS 3.1 standard

Western Digital to boost 5G smartphone experience

Western Digital has announced that its new embedded Universal Flash Storage (UFS) device, the iNAND MC EU521, will equip mobile developers with the ability to enhance the 5G smartphone user experience.

An early supporter of JEDEC’s implementation of Write Booster under the UFS 3.1 standard, Western Digital is among the first in the industry to deliver commercial storage solutions optimised for UFS 3.1 5G applications and capabilities, the company said in a statement.

“Smartphones now demand more performance and capacity as they often serve as the primary computing device for everything from streaming video, playing music, gaming and photography, to payments and mapping,” said senior vice president and general manager, Huibert Verhoeven, Western Digital’s Automotive, Mobile and Emerging business unit.

The Western Digital iNAND MC EU521 embedded flash device allows mobile developers to take full advantage of UFS 3.1 high-interface bandwidth (Gear 4 / 2 Lanes) as well as SLC (single-level cell) NAND caching. It also offers turbo sequential write speeds up to 800MB/s to better enable enhanced user experiences for applications such as downloading 4K and 8K media, large file transfers from the cloud, and gaming. The iNAND EU521 will be available in March in 128GB and 256GB capacities.

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