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UFS 3.0 storage coming next year, LPDDR5 in 2020

Samsung LPDDR5 DRAM, delayed to 2020, UFS 3.0 coming in 2019
Samsung LPDDR5 DRAM, delayed to 2020
Although both were supposed to enter production in the second half of this year, it looks like the next-gen UFS storage solutions and LPDDR5 will not hit the market as soon as expected. While the UFS 3.0 memory will arrive in the first half of next year, the LPDDR5 DRAM chips will only roll out — if everything works as planned, obviously — in 2020.

The LPDDR5 DRAM memory and the UFS 3.0 storage solutions might not be on the market yet as previously promised, but — at least when talking about the next-wave UFS chips — they are not too far behind schedule, either. If everything works as expected, LPDDR5 should hit the market in 2020, but the UFS 3.0 chips should be ready in the first half of 2019.

Samsung's head of mobile memory product planning, Jay Oh, has recently talked about these upcoming products at the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. According to him, UFS 3.0 will hit the market in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB storage variants. The first 1 TB module should be unveiled in 2012, but 1 TB handsets that use two 512 GB modules will hit the market by then (just take a look at this video, I am not saying more). UFS 3.0 memory promises to deliver twice the bandwidth of the UFS 2.1 standard and will surely be an excellent choice for the upcoming 5G phones.

Unfortunately, Samsung and Micron will only bring LPDDR5 to the market in 2020. Samsung plans to kick off production of the next-gen memory chips the same year, so the first products to use it will probably need at least a few months before rolling out. LPDDR5 DRAM should use 20 percent less power than the existing LPDDR4 DRAM chips and could deliver a bandwidth of up to 51.2 GB/s.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-24 (Update: 2018-10-24)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.