Toshiba shows first SCSI-like Universal Flash demo system
June 13, 2012 // Nick Flaherty
Toshiba Electronics Europe has shown the first demonstration system for the next generation Universal Flash Storage (UFS) specification that moves the control interface to a new SCSI-like protocol.
UFS is designed to be the most advanced specification for embedded flash memory-based storage in mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet computers through an evolutionary progression of JEDEC standards in this field. It has been specifically tailored for mobile applications and computing systems requiring high performance and low power consumption. The initial data throughput for UFS will be 300 megabytes per second (MB/s), and the standard also supports command queuing features to raise random read/write speeds.
The standard adopts the well-known SCSI Architecture Model and command protocols supporting multiple commands with command queuing features and enabling a multi-thread programming paradigm. This differs from conventional flash-based memory cards and embedded flash solutions which process one command at a time, limiting random read/write access performance. In addition, a forthcoming complementary UFS Host Controller Interface (HCI) specification will allow system designers greater flexibility by simplifying the involvement of the host processor in the operation of the flash storage subsystem. The UFS HCI specification and the adoption of SCSI will provide a well-known software programming model and enable wider market adoption.All news
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