The UFS 3.1 standard is now official , two years after UFS 3.0 was introduced as a standard in the technology industry. This is the first update by JEDC and they have focused on speed improvements as well as energy consumption by the memories. Meanwhile, UFS 3.0 is barely available on a tiny fraction of the mobiles on the market.
UFS 3.1 is the new technological standard for Universal Flash Storage. The consortium of companies that are part of JEDC is made up of more than 300 companies and periodically improve the standard to give greater compatibility in the industry. UFS 3.1 is the latest of those improvements, and has focused on speed and most of all on power consumption.
The improvements that (rá) UFS 3.1 brings
Mainly there are three changes that we are going to find in UFS 3.1 with respect to UFS 3.0 We must bear in mind that this is a “minor” update and focused on improving the existing structure. The changes are as follows:
- Low power state: They have called it ‘Deep Sleep’ and it allows, especially low-end devices, to save energy.
- Write speed: Thanks to a new non-volatile SLC-type memory that will now amplify the write speed, as they explain.
- Throttling indicator : For those devices that use a maximum performance mode, the memory will warn if the chip temperature is too high to prevent the maximum performance mode from activating.
The general specifications of UFS 3.0 are maintained, so this update is somewhat minor and, as we see, focused on improving specific aspects for low-end smartphones or those that have throttling for example.
While the standard has already been announced, it remains to be seen when manufacturers will implement it . Currently with the UFS 3.0 presented two years ago, only a few smartphones bring it, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the OnePlus 7 as the main protagonists. As it is a minor update compared to UFS 3.0 it is possible that its implementation will be faster and we will see it in some of the main mobiles that are expected for this 2020.