Samsung announces its first 8GB DDR5 RAM for mobile devices

Samsung talks about 8 Gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM

Samsung announces its first 8GB DDR5 RAM for mobile devices

The 8Gb LPDDR5 boasts a data rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), which is 1.5 times as fast as the mobile DRAM chips used in current flagship mobile devices (LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s).

The company said the development of the new product will generate new opportunities in the mobile and automotive industries, adding the 10nm-class LPDDR5 DRAM will be available in two bandwidths for different needs from such segments.

Samsung officially announced its 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM chip for smartphones today.

Finally, the LPDDR5 technology is trickling down to smartphones and the Samsung smartphones will be the first set of devices to use this technology on its upcoming flagship smartphones and companies like Apple, Google, OnePlus, and Xiaomi might follow the suite in the coming days.

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The extra performance will make transferring data a doddle, given it can throw around 51.2GB of data, think around 14 full-HD videos in but a second. Samsung claims this performance advancement has been made possible through several architectural enhancements. The 8Gb LPDDR5 chips also take advantage of a highly optimized circuit architecture to guarantee that the chip is performing up to its ultra-high-speed specification.

According to Samsung, the new hardware has been engineered to lower its voltage "in accordance with the operating speed of the corresponding application processor, when in active mode". While Samsung didn't spell out when LPDDR5 chips would be ready to hit the market, production will coincide with demand from global customers.

Samsung has also worked on doubling the number of memory banks, the subdivisions within a DRAM cell, from 8 to 16, and thereby resulting in substantial higher speed with moderate power consumption.

Samsung's LPDDR5 DRAM promises greater power savings thanks to a new "deep sleep mode". LPDDR memory chips are used in mobile devices such as handhelds and ultrabooks, which usually come with 64-bit buses, so the bandwidth can be increased to 50 GB/s.

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