Samsung introduces world's first 8 GB LPDDR4 DRAM modules

Samsung introduces world's first 8 GB LPDDR4 DRAM chip
Samsung introduces world's first 8 GB LPDDR4 DRAM chip
The new RAM module could allow for smartphones, tablets, and Ultrabooks with up to 32 GB of RAM and may potentially launch with the inevitable Galaxy S8.

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Samsung will be the first to manufacture LPDDR4 RAM chips with capacities of up to 8 GB each. The modules will be made in-house with a 10 to 19 nm fabrication process and be capable of throughput of up to 4266 Mbps. In comparison, current RAM modules in most PCs are capable of up to 2133 Mbps only. The new chips will be just 15 x 15 x 1 mm in size and should be compatible for use in smartphones and other small form factor electronics.

The South Korean manufacturer is claiming that the new RAM chips will be compatible with both ARM and x86 machines. Up to four modules can work in parallel for a theoretical capacity of up to 32 GB. Thus, the prospect of smartphones, tablets, and Ultrabooks with 32 GB of embedded RAM is not out of reach.

Samsung has not officially announced which devices will be the first to ship with its latest LPDDR4 RAM modules, but it is speculated that the upcoming Galaxy S8 may be equipped with 8 GB RAM alongside a 4K display. The company recently announced mass production plans of 10 nm chips for consumer devices.


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Allen Ngo, 2016-10-23 (Update: 2016-10-23)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.