Samsung starts mass producing 12Gb LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chips for smartphones

Samsung starts mass producing 12Gb LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chips for smartphones

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The industry for smartphone is moving very dynamically with the constantly rising demands from users. We’ve seen one of the major jumps in terms of memory among other smartphone components as 12GB RAM becomes the new standard for utmost premium smartphones. As smartphones manufacturers around the world brace to create premium 5G devices, Samsung Electronics has kicked off mass production of 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM. As per Samsung, these 10nm DRAM chips will enable 5G support for the flagship smartphones manufactured by its customer companies.

Samsung will also start the mass production of 12-gigabyte (GB) LPDDR5 packages, which combine eight of such 12Gb chips, later this month. Additionally, these DRAM chips will provide for AI applications on premium smartphones that are produced in the near future. The 12Gb LPDDR5 DRAM chips allow data transfer at the maximum rate of 5,500 Mbps and this is 1.3 times faster than the LPDDR4X chips, which support up to 4,266Mbps.

The 12GB package is capable of transferring up to 44GB of data each second. In terms of power consumption, the 12Gb LPDDR5 chips require 30% lesser power than the LPDDR4X chips because of “a new circuit design with enhanced clocking, training and low-power feature that ensures stable performance even when operating at a blazingly fast speed.” Unlike last year’s 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM chip, however, the 12Gb chips do not support a higher 6,400 Mbps bandwidth.

Samsung remains committed to rapidly introducing next-generation mobile memory technologies that deliver greater performance and higher capacity, as we continue to aggressively drive growth of the premium memory market.

Jung-bae Lee, executive VP of DRAM Product & Technology

With this development, Samsung will be taking a stride towards the development of 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM chips by next year in order to remain ahead of the competition. It also hints at the highest possible RAM we can expect on the Galaxy S11 (or whatever the next year’s flagship series might be called).

Source: Samsung