A 64-GB embedded NAND flash memory module features a universal flash storage (UFS) interface. Toshiba Corp. has begun shipping samples of its new device, designed to support high-resolution video in consumer products such as smartphone and tablets. The drive complies with the JEDEC UFS Ver.1.1 standard. The interface handles essential functions such as writing block management, error correction and driver software.
Samples are primarily targeting evaluation of the UFS interface and its protocol in host chipsets and by OS vendors. Toshiba will schedule mass production of the 64-GB UFS module, along with additional densities, according to market demand.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.