Samsung has begun mass producing the highest-capacity mobile DRAM – the industry’s first 12-gigabyte (GB) low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) package. 12GB is more RAM than even most laptops have and will bring smartphone capabilities to the next level.
“With mass production of the new LPDDR4X, Samsung is now providing a comprehensive lineup of advanced memory to power the new era of smartphones, from 12GB mobile DRAM to 512GB eUFS 3.0 storage,” said Sewon Chun, executive vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Moreover, with the LPDDR4X, we’re strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers.”
Bringing in Ultra Performance for Smartphones
Thanks to the 12GB mobile DRAM, smartphone makers can maximize the potential of devices that feature more than five cameras and ever-increasing display sizes as well as artificial intelligence and 5G capabilities. For smartphone users, the 12GB DRAM enables more fluid multitasking and faster searches as they navigate through a myriad of apps on ultra-large high-resolution screens. Also, the 1.1-millimeter thickness allows for even sleeker smartphone designs.
The 12GB capacity was achieved by combining six 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4X chips based on the second-generation 10nm-class (1y-nm) process into a single package, providing more space for the smartphone battery. In addition, by using the company’s 1y-nm technology, the new 12GB mobile memory delivers a data transfer rate of 34.1GB per second while minimizing the increase in power consumption inevitably caused by a boost in DRAM capacity.
Since introducing 1GB mobile DRAM in 2011, Samsung continues to drive capacity breakthroughs in the mobile DRAM market, moving from 6GB (in 2015) and 8GB (2016) to today’s first 12GB LPDDR4X. From its cutting-edge memory line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, Samsung plans to more than triple the supply of its 1y-nm-based 8GB and 12GB mobile DRAM during the second half of 2019 to meet the anticipated high demand.
Samsung Mobile DRAM Timeline: Production/Mass Prod.
|Feb. 2019||12GB||1y-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s|
|July 2018||8GB||1y-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s|
|April 2018||8GB (development)||1x-nm 8Gb LPDDR5, 6400Mb/s|
|Sept. 2016||8GB||1x-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s|
|Aug. 2015||6GB||20nm (2z) 12Gb LPDDR4, 4266Mb/s|
|Dec. 2014||4GB||20nm (2z) 8Gb LPDDR4, 3200Mb/s|
|Sept. 2014||3GB||20nm (2z) 6Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s|
|Nov. 2013||3GB||2y-nm 6Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s|
|July 2013||3GB||2y-nm 4Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s|
|April 2013||2GB||2y-nm 4Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s|
|Aug. 2012||2GB||30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR3, 1600Mb/s|
|2011||1/2GB||30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2, 1066Mb/s|
|2010||512MB||40nm-class 2Gb MDDR, 400Mb/s|
|2009||256MB||50nm-class 1Gb MDDR, 400Mb/s|