SAMSUNG IS MASS PRODUCING what it claimed is the "industry's first" 12Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, based on a 20nm process technology.
The 12Gb LPDDR4 chip is expected to pave the way for 6GB RAM in future smartphones, and will "significantly accelerate the adoption of high capacity mobile DRAM worldwide" and offer better energy efficiency, reliability and ease of design over previous versions, which Samsung said is "essential to developing next-generation mobile devices".
Samsung said that the latest 12Gb version is more than 30 percent faster at 4,266Mbps compared with the previous 20nm-based 8Gb LPDDR4, while being twice as fast as DDR4 DRAM for PCs. It is also said to consume 20 percent less energy.
"By initiating mass production of 12Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM in an extremely timely manner, we now are not only helping OEMs to accelerate their moves to the next generation of mobile devices, but providing functionality that will give mobile consumers greatly enhanced user experiences," said Joo Sun Choi, EVP of Samsung's memory division.
"Furthermore, we intend to closely collaborate with our global customers to move beyond premium smartphones and tablets in creating new digital markets that embrace the full potential of cutting-edge technologies like next-generation mobile DRAM."
For example, the 12Gb LPDDR4 enables 3GB or 6GB of mobile DRAM in a single package using just two chips and four chips respectively, Samsung said, adding that it is the only solution that can provide a 6GB LPDDR4 package.
"In next-generation flagship devices, 6GB of LPDDR4 mobile DRAM will allow consumers to enjoy seamless multitasking and maximum performance within the latest operating system environments," the firm said.
The company said that 6GB packages fit into the same space used for currently available 3GB LPDDR4 packages, "meeting the need for greater design compatibility and manufacturing productivity in advanced mobile devices".
Expanding the high-capacity memory product line based on 12Gb LPDDR4 will allow Samsung to increase its 20nm DRAM line-up (comprising 12Gb/8Gb/6Gb/4Gb), while helping the company to grow in the premium memory market.
Samsung said that manufacturing productivity with the 12Gb chip has been raised more than 50 percent over the 20nm-class 8Gb LPDDR4 released last year, which it hopes will fuel demand for higher memory capacity in mobile devices such as the firm's next Galaxy S7 smartphone. µ
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