Samsung starts the mass production of 12GB LPDDR5 DRAM chips


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Samsung announced that the production of its latest 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM has started. This comes right in time for the Galaxy Note 10 launch, which is expected to happen early in the next month. The new chip is optimized for AI and 5G features in future smartphones. Interesting enough, it arrives less than six months after the 12 GB LPDDR4X entered mass production.

The new chip has data rates of 5,500 Mb per second, making it 30% faster than its predecessor. Jung-bae Lee, VP of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung, revealed that the new LPDDR5 memory is built on the second-generation 10-nm class process. According to him, it will support “ultra-high-definition video recording and machine learning, while greatly extending the battery life”.

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According to Samsung, the new chip is capable of transferring 44GB data in just a second. However, this requires the memory to be made into a 12GB package. Furthermore, the new chip consumes 30% fewer power thanks to a new circuit design with enhanced clocking, training and low-power feature.

If the demand grows enough, Samsung could move the production to its second plant in Pyeongtaek, once it is built. Considering the current needs of a smartphone, you may think that 12GB of RAM is just too much. However, Samsung is already preparing a 16GB LPDDR5 for a launch. The Korean maker wants to solidify its competitive edge in the global memory market.

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