Samsung announces that its highest-end RAM for smartphones is nearly here
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Samsung has let it be known that its latest LPDDR5 DRAM for mobile platforms is now available in bulk. Each individual package is 16GB in size this time, whereas the OEM's next biggest standalone module is 12GB. It is claimed that this new memory standard is capable of data-transfer speeds of 5500 megabits per second (Mb/s).
This speed equals that of the previous generation; however, the newer ones manage this despite having 2 different classes of chip: they are made up of 8 with a 12-gigabit (Gb) bandwidth and 4 others with 8Gb of the same. Their 12GB counterparts (which are found in the new Galaxy S20 series) have 12Gb chips only.
The new 16GB modules also manage to be about 1.3 times faster than the best example of Samsung's LPDDR4X packages, which have 24Gb chips and a top speed of 4266Mb/s. On the other hand, all of these RAM variants are produced according to a 10 nanometer (nm) architecture.
Samsung may now be ready to supply OEMs with the new 16GB DRAM out of its Pyeongtaek, South Korea production line. However, this is far from the end of development at the same facility: the company also projects that it will be capable of manufacturing this new flagship memory's own successor from the 2nd half of 2020. It will be based on a next-gen 10nm process and feature speeds of up to 6400Mb/s.