KOREAN CHIP MAKER Samsung has announced its first memory chips to comply with the DDR4 standard.
DDR4 is said to offer twice the speed of DDR3, but because it works at lower voltages DDR4 can significantly reduce the power consumption of devices. This is significant because it can lead to increased battery life, which remains the holy grail of handheld equipment designers.
Samsung VP for memory sales Young-Hyun Jun predicted that the new LPDDR4 parts will spur growth of the global mobile DRAM market. "We will continue introducing the most advanced mobile DRAM [...] so that global OEMs can launch innovative mobile devices with exceptional user convenience in the timeliest manner," he said.
The new 8Gb LPDDR4 delivers 1GB of memory on a single silicon die, which the firm claimed is the highest memory density available today. Four of these can be combined in a single package to provide a single 4GB memory module with higher performance than existing DDR3 components, according to the firm.
The new DDR4 DRAM standard can support up to 4,266 million transfers per second (tps) compared to the DDR3 maximum of 2,133 million tps and is expected to support significantly faster computers and tablets even with lower processor clock speeds.
Samsung said that it will be concentrating this innovation, which is due to be available during the early part of 2014, at the high-end smartphone and tablet markets, suggesting that we could see this technology in future Galaxy products, though it is unknown at this time whether there will be any Samsung chips in the Galaxy S5 that the company is expected to launch in the next few months. µ