Samsung introduces world's first 8 GB LPDDR4 DRAM modules
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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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