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Samsung unveils memory and processor chips for smartphones and tablets

Latest range revealed at Mobile Solutions Forum
Thu Sep 29 2011, 13:48

KOREAN CHIPMAKER Samsung has revealed high performance 64GB embedded multimedia card NAND flash memory, a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 application processor for smartphones and tablets and what it claims is the industry's first LPDDR3 DRAM to use 30nm process technology.

The announcements came at Samsung's Mobile Solutions Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, where the company revealed its latest 64GB NAND flash memory capable of storing up to 16,000 songs with sequential read speeds of 80MB/s and sequential write speeds of 40MB/s, three times that of other external mobile memory cards on the market.

The card makes use of Samsung's 20nm technology and employs a DDR 2.0 interface. It also touts a 60 per cent increase in productivity over the 30nm 32GB NAND flash memory it released in January 2010.

Continuing its assault on the tablet and smartphone market, Samsung announced the Exynos 4212, its latest dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, which uses Samsung's 32nm High-K Metal Gate low-power process for a 30 per cent reduction in power usage.

The processor chip boasts a 25 per cent increase in processing power and will be capable of providing full 1080p high definition resolution graphics. Its GPU will also be able to deliver a 50 per cent increase in 3D graphics performance over previous Samsung processors.

The Exynos 4212 is expected to be available for sampling in the fourth quarter of this year, with a release to customers likely next year.

Samsung also announced its 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM that employs 30nm process technology, an industry first, according to the company.

The memory is capable of a data transfer rate of up to 1,600Mbits/s, roughly 1.5 times faster than current LPDDR2 chips on the market. It will also use 20 per cent less power than its predecessor.

Samsung will provide a 1GB LPDDR3 package by stacking two of the 4Gb chips, providing a data transmission rate of up to 12.8GB/s. Samsung expects there will be a need for 2GB packages for mobile devices early next year, so it will also stack four 4Gb chips to fill this requirement.

Like the other products announced today, these products are aimed at the smartphone and tablet market, which is continuously pushing for faster and more powerful technology in what has become one of the most lucrative industries in modern society. µ


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