Samsung Electronics has started the mass production of industry’s first 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM for next generation of premium smartphones at its Pyeongtaek site. The mobile DRAM is based on Samsung’s 2nd-generation 10nm-class process technology. The South Korean giant says that the new DRAM will come with added capacity that’ll enable enhanced 5G and AI features like graphic-rich gaming and smart photography.
‘We are excited to stay true to that commitment with our new, top-of-the-line mobile solution for global device manufacturers. With the introduction of a new product lineup based on our next-generation process technology later this year, Samsung will be able to fully address future memory demands from global customers,’ Cheol Choi, Senior Vice President of Memory Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.
Samsung’s 16GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM packs eight 12-gigabit (Gb) chips and four 8Gb chips. This, along with fast performance, is claimed to deliver dynamic and responsive game play as well as ultra-high-resolution graphics on premium smartphones. Samsung claims that the data transfer rate for the 16GB LPDDR5 comes in at 5,500 megabits per second (Mb/s), which is approximately 1.3 times faster than the previous LPDDR4X mobile memory (4266Mb/s). It also claims that this 16GB DRAM delivers more than 20 per cent energy savings as compared to an 8GB LPDDR4X package.
Samsung also says that it also plans to mass-produce 16GB LPDDR5 products based on third-generation 10nm-class (1z) process technology in the second half of this year, in line with the development of a 6,400Mb/s chipset.