Flash memory and SSD supplier Kioxia America has started sampling its latest automotive Universal Flash Storage (UFS) Ver. 3.1 embedded flash memory devices. The new line-up utilizes BiCS Flash 3D flash memory and is available in capacities from 64GB to 512GB, to support the various requirements of evolving automotive applications.
The company notes that storage requirements for automotive applications continue to increase as infotainment systems and ADAS in cars become more sophisticated. It states that UFS is well-suited to support the high-performance and density needs of these applications. The devices support a wide temperature range (-40°C to +105°C), meet AEC4-Q100 grade requirements while offering the enhanced reliability capabilities that increasingly complex automotive applications require.
The sequential read and write performance of the UFS Ver. 3.1 device is said to be significantly improved by approximately 2.2x and 6x respectively, compared to previous generation devices. Kioxia says that these performance gains contribute to faster system startup and OTA updates.
“Kioxia continues to provide advanced flash memory solutions for automotive with the introduction of this new UFS line-up,” noted Scott Beekman, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Kioxia America. “With the increased performance enabled by version 3.1 UFS devices tailored for automotive, enhanced capabilities in functions, such as ADAS and infotainment systems, can be realized.”