Technology company Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung), announced recently that its 512-gigabyte (GB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 3.0 was awarded Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint Certifications from UK-based Carbon Trust during a ceremony at the British Embassy in Seoul, Korea.
Samsung’s 512GB eUFS 3.0 is the first mobile memory in the industry to be recognized by an international certifying organization following the company’s extensive efforts to reduce carbon and water footprints.
The Carbon Trust is a globally accredited non-profit certification body established by the British government to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Each certification by the Carbon Trust was made after a thorough assessment of the environmental impact of carbon emissions and water usage before and throughout the production cycle, based on international standards.
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“We are extremely pleased that our cutting-edge memory technologies not only demonstrate our capability to overcome more challenging process complexities but also are recognized for their environmental sustainability,” said Chanhoon Park, executive vice president and head of Giheung Hwaseong Pyeongtaek Complex at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to create memory solutions that provide the highest levels of speed, capacity and power efficiency at extremely small geometries for end-users worldwide.”
Based on the company’s fifth-generation (90+ layers) V-NAND, Samsung’s 512GB eUFS 3.0 provides optimal speed, power efficiency and productivity to deliver twice the capacity and 2.1 times the sequential speed of its fourth-generation (64 layers) V-NAND-based 256GB eUFS 2.1 while requiring 30% less operating voltage. Additionally, Samsung’s fifth-generation V-NAND utilizes a unique etching technology that pierces more than 90 cell layers in a single precise step. This allows the chip to have nearly 1.5 times more stacked layers than the previous generation and accommodate a 25%reduction in chip size. Such innovations help to minimize the overall increase in carbon and water footprints for each V-NAND cell layer.
Samsung was also awarded the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) labels for its “1-terabyte (TB) eUFS 2.1” and its ‘fifth-generation 512-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND’ by the Korean Ministry of Environment.