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Samsung brings LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage on a single chip to more affordable mainstream handhelds

The uMCP chips combine LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 storage. (Image Source: Samsung)
The uMCP chips combine LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 storage. (Image Source: Samsung)
Samsung is now mass producing its first uMCP solutions that combine LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage on a single chip. These are just as fast as what we have thus seen on high-end smartphones, but they also require less energy, so they can be integrated in more affordable handhelds, which are expected to hit the market later this month.

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DDR5 is coming to desktops and possibly to laptops later this year, yet high-end smartphones have already been taking advantage of the LPDDR5 standard since last year. Granted, this might not be an apples to apples comparison, but Samsung is now ready to make the technology more affordable by releasing LPDDR5 memory chips that combine UFS 3.1 NAND storage in a multi-chip package (MCP). This approach brings industry’s highest performance, capacity and energy efficiency to mid-range and even entry level smartphones in order to accelerate the 5G adoption.

Through the use of the multi-chip packaging solution, Samsung is now able to provide the same speeds and high storage capacities we see on premium high-end handhelds to more affordable models that come with lower power requirements. This will unlock flagship functionalities including advanced photography features, graphics-intensive games and augmented reality to entry level and mid-range solutions. The uMCP chips come with 25 GB/s memory transfers and 3 GB/s storage transfer speeds.

Furthermore, the improved packaging methods maximize space efficiency within the smartphone design by integrating DRAM and NAND storage into a single chip that measures only 11.5mm x 13mm, allowing more space for other hardware solutions. DRAM capacities range from 6 GB to 12 GB, while storage capacities can go up to 512 GB. Samsung is already collaborating with several global smartphone OEMs to release the first mainstream uMCP-equipped handhelds this month.

 

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I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2021-06-15 (Update: 2021-06-15)