Samsung launches first 12 Gb LPDDR4 DRAM


Mobile devices with 3-4 GB of RAM were unheard only a couple years ago, but they are all the hype in 2015. As smartphones become more capable, the demand for greater, more efficient memory increases.

Samsung is ready to cater to all the multi-tasking buffs with its new 12 Gb LPDDR4 DRAM, based on the company’s 20 nm technology. This happens to be an industry first, doubling down on the current 6 Gb chips

These 12 Gb (gigabit) chips provide 1.5 GB (gigabyte) of memory per unit, bringing forth a couple substantial improvements to the mobile world. For starters, these DRAM chips offer the largest capacity and highest speed of their kind. In addition, they are great with “energy efficiency, reliability and ease of design”. These are said to have all it takes for manufacturers to really take on their next-generation devices.

The 12 Gb LPDDR4 DRAM chips are 30% faster at 4,2666 Mbps. They are also twice as fast and consume 20% less energy. But the best contribution they will bring is likely their space efficiency. Because these are made 50% denser, this also means manufacturers can put 6 GB of RAM using the same space it currently takes to have 3 GB. Correspondingly, they could keep the current 3 GB standards and only use half the space, compared to today’s standards.

This happens to be a huge breakthrough in an industry that always seeks to make the most out of available space. Not only are devices getting thinner, but some users also beg for more battery, as well as other components. Every millimeter matters!

Furthermore, Samsung is expecting its new technology to reach more than just mobile devices. Ultra-portable laptops and tablets could also take advantage of all these benefits. Mass production has just begun, so it is only a matter of time before we start seeing more products adopting Samsung’s new DRAM. Your next high-end smartphone may have 6 GB of RAM, which happens to be more than many computers tout! Times sure are changing.