Samsung Announces 10nm 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM for smartphones and ultra-thin PCs

It’s almost unbelievable that, just three years ago, we were still discussing the future benefits of the then new 64-bit mobile processors. But by next year, we might already be seeing smartphones and tablets with a whopping 8 GB of RAM inside. That will be thanks in no small part to Samsung’s new silicon that packs 8 GB of DRAM in a single tiny package, utilizes the fastest LPDDR4 technology, and boasts of the space and energy savings of a 10 nm process.

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The new module uses four of 16 Gb LPDDR4 memory chips and although it doubles the capacity of the Samsung 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM module, it still uses the same amount of power. The DRAM module is manufactured using a 10nm process, and sees four 16 gigabit (2GB) LPDDR4 memory chips stacked to create an 8GB module. The memory operates at up to 4266Mbps, which when transmitted over a 64-bit memory bus leads to a throughput of over 34GB/s. Thanks to the efficient manufacturing process, the 8GB module draws the same amount of power as its older 4GB counterpart, which was built on a 20nm node.

From Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung:

The advent of our powerful 8GB mobile DRAM solution will enable more capable next-generation, flagship mobile devices around the world. We will continue to provide advanced memory solutions offering the highest values and leading-edge benefits to meet the escalating needs of devices having dual camera, 4K UHD and VR features.

No word on when we’ll see the new DRAM in consumer hardware, but with the Galaxy S8 looming, and rumours indicating that Samsung is putting focus on VR, it’s entirely possible that we won’t have to wait long to see 8GB of RAM on phones.

Source : Samsung

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