Nice to know: What is eMMC?

Many mobile devices and also some of our spo-comm Mini-PCs use eMMC as their storage. But what exactly is eMMC and what are the benefits of this storage media? We want to explain it to you in this article.

Where does eMMC come from?

eMMC was developed for the use as an internal data storage in mobile devices and was specified by the JEDEC.

The acronym eMMC stands for “embedded multimedia card” and it is based on the Flash standard. The fundament for eMMC is the MMC storage card, that is also the predecessor of the SD card.  

By now, eMMC is often substituted with other technologies such as the Universal Flash Storage, since it has a much higher read-write rate. 

Benefits of eMMC

An eMMC package includes, next to the Flash storage, also a controller and the contacting in one single BGA package. What BGA, PGA and LGA stand for, we have summarized in another blog article. Due to the subsumption of these components on one board, the eMMC storage is much more space-saving and also cheaper than regular storage. 

Usage of eMMC

eMMC is mostly used in mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. Since eMMC also integrates other peripheral devices in one package, it can directly be addressed as the storage. But also in Mini-PCs that are getting smaller and smaller, for instance our TEGRA or BOX N4100, the eMMC storage finds its place.

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