What is eMMC Storage and How is it Different from Other Storage Devices?

eMMC storage can be found as the internal storage for some devices and users wonder what kind of storage it is. We all are familiar with SSD and HDD storage devices, but we have less knowledge about eMMC storage. eMMC can found in PCs, phones, and tablets. In this article, we will discuss eMMC storage and how it is different from other devices.

What is eMMC?

What is eMMC Storage?

eMMC stands for Embedded MultiMediaCard and It is an advanced managed NAND flash storage that is soldered directly to the motherboard or the device.  eMMC storage is more affordable and cheaper than other storage. eMMC is usually found in smartphones, tablets and some budget personal computers. MMC is the predecessor of eMMC and they were used in the earliest MP3 players and digital cameras. eMMC comes in the size of 32GB, 64GB or rarely 128GB. It is made for working on smaller size files. The bigger size of a file will have a problem running on eMMC storage. eMMC was most often used in smartphones and tablets before 2015, however, nowadays you will find eMMC less used than the other storage.

Embedded MultiMediaCard.

What is the Difference Between eMMC and Other Storage Devices?

1. Difference Between eMMC and HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

eMMC is slower than some and faster than some devices. If we talk about the most commonly used storage HDD, then eMMC is faster than HDD. However, HDD comes with greater size, most commonly 1TB (1024GB) is used. The size of eMMC storage is small and cannot contain the larger data, so it works better with smaller files rather than larger ones. eMMC is soldered directly to the motherboard and not changeable, however, you can always change the HDD to increase size.

Difference between eMMC and HDD.

2. Difference Between eMMC and SSD (Solid-State Drive)

When we talk about eMMC and SSD, both of them operate on NAND principles. However, there are many differences between them. SSD is a type of solid-state drive, whereas eMMC is a type of flash storage. eMMC is mostly used for temporary storage and SSD is used for permanent storage. The transfer speed and storage space of SSD are far much bigger than the eMMC. When it comes to NAND gates, eMMC got only one, whereas SSD tends to have more than one. eMMC will be soldered onto the motherboard and SSD will be connected through the SATA interface. Both are made of different components.

Difference between eMMC and SSD.

3. Difference Between eMMC and UFS (Universal Flash Storage)

eMMC and UFS are both used in our smartphones as storage. Both have managed to increase their speed with their latest versions. However, eMMC still lacks in speed from UFS. Latest UFS in our smartphones is similar to an SSD regarding speed and space. However, some budget phones will still use eMMC to provide the latest technology with low budget storage. UFS uses the full-duplex that provides read and write operations simultaneously. eMMC is half-duplex, which only performs a single operation at a time, whether to write or read.

Difference between eMMC and UFS.
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