Western Digital empowers mobile applications in the 5G era

Beijing, February 19, 2020 – Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) recently launched a new embedded Universal Flash Storage (UFS, Universal Flash Storage) device – Western Digital iNAND MC EU521, which can greatly improve 5G Smartphone user experience. As the first supplier to support the implementation of the Write Booster feature in the UFS3.1 specification, Western Digital is one of the first in the industry to provide UFS3.1 flash memory solutions optimized for 5G applications.

The Western Digital iNAND MC EU521 embedded flash device helps mobile developers take full advantage of the UFS 3.1 high-bandwidth memory interface (Gear 4 / 2 Lanes) and SLC NAND cache, providing sequential write speeds up to 800MB/s*, which can effectively enhance the user experience in App experience when downloading 4K/8K media, transferring larger files and games from the cloud. The Western Digital iNAND MC EU521 will be available in March, with storage capacities of 128GB** and 256GB**.

Huibert Verhoeven, senior vice president and general manager of the Automotive, Mobility and Emerging Business Units business unit at Western Digital, said: “Smartphones are now the regular and primary computing device used to watch streaming video, play music, play games and film, and It can also be used for various functions such as payment and map viewing, so it requires higher performance and capacity. The iNAND MC EU521 with Write Booster has SLC cache, which is expected to bring faster movie downloads when combined with 5G technology. speed, providing users with several key performance improvements. High-speed downloads and several other key features make the EU521 ideal for today’s mobile device manufacturers.”

Craig Stice, senior director of memory and storage at Omdia, a leading global technology research firm (the information technology company formed by the merger of Ovum, Heavy Reading, and Tractica, and the technology research division of IHS Markit, which was later acquired) said: “Western Digital adds to 5G applications. Enhanced write capabilities and improved caching, thanks to the implementation of the new JEDEC storage standard UFS 3.1, help speed smartphone downloads and storage of large files and support other data-intensive Application. The reason why Western Digital implements UFS3.1 products as soon as possible is to facilitate the solutions that mobile device manufacturers can mature as soon as possible.”

Western Digital’s Mobile Device Solutions

Western Digital iNAND storage solutions for smartphones and mobile devices utilize 96-layer 3D NAND and advanced UFS interface technology to provide a superior user experience. This family of commercial and embedded products is designed to ensure high performance at all times for data-intensive applications such as 4K/8K video, augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Western Digital also provides mobile users with memory card accessories and innovative data backup and mobile charging products.

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