UFS 2.0 Standard Quadruples Performance, Adds Security Tech and Reduces Power Consumption

JEDEC Publishes Universal Flash Storage Standard 2.0

by Anton Shilov
09/18/2013 | 11:10 PM



JEDEC, a leading standard-setting organization, has announced the publication of universal flash storage (UFS) version 2.0 specification. Developed for mobile applications and computing systems requiring high performance and low power consumption, the new UFS v2.0 standard offers increased link bandwidth for performance improvement, a security features extension as well as additional power saving features over the prior version.

In UFS v2.0, the link bandwidth has been increased from 300MB/s in UFS v1.1 to up to 600MB/s per lane, and multilane support has been introduced allowing up to 1.2GB/s per each data transfer direction. To achieve the highest performance and most power efficient data transport, JEDEC UFS aligns with specifications from the MIPI Alliance to form its interconnect layer. This collaboration continues with UFS v2.0, which references the M-PHY 3.0 specification and the UniPro 1.6 specification. UFS 2.0 is welcomed by Arasan, Micron, Samsung and Toshiba, three leading NAND flash makers.

JEDEC has also published two complementary standards, JESD223B UFS host controller interface (UFSHCI) version 2.0, and JESD223-1 UFS host controller interface (UFSHCI), unified memory extension. JESD223B is intended to simplify the design process by defining a standard host controller interface on which system designers can create a common host controller software driver layer to work with UFS host controller hardware from different manufacturers.  The HCI functionality also enables higher performance and power efficiency by minimizing the involvement of the host processor in the operation of the Flash storage subsystem.  The JESD223-1 UFSHCI unified memory extension standard defines the interface between the UFS driver and the UFS host controller. In addition to the register interface, it defines data structures inside the system memory, which are used to exchange data, control and status information. Unified Memory offers the possibility to move device internal working memory into the system memory to reduce overall system cost and to improve device performance.

UFS is a high performance interface designed for use in computing and mobile systems requiring low power consumption such as smart phones and tablets. Its high speed serial interface and optimized protocol enable significant improvements in throughput and system performance. Dramatic growth in the mobile market coupled with an increasing focus on multimedia applications continues to drive both usage models and memory bandwidth requirements, and UFS v2.0 builds on JEDEC Flash memory storage standards designed to help address this demand.

"UFS v2.0 offers a clear value proposition to the industry, with significant performance improvements that will lead to a better overall mobile device user experience. Memory manufacturers and leading consumer device and mobile OEMs strongly support UFS and have devoted countless hours to the development of this latest update," said Mian Quddus, chairman of the JEDEC board of directors and the JC-64 committee for embedded memory storage and removable memory cards.