While Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7,
might not have exploded in the market in a way the company intended, the
company is still trying all that it can to avert people's focus from the
incident and make amends. On such maneuver to do so is their announcement of
the industry’s first 8-gigabyte LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) mobile
DRAM package, which is expected to greatly improve mobile user experiences,
especially for those using Ultra HD, large-screen devices.
With current top end smartphones using 4GB of RAM, the
performance boost supplied by Samsung's new DRAM will be quite significant.
This new chips is double in size, utilizing four of the newest 16Gb LPDDR4
memory chips and advanced 10-nanometer-class operates at up to 4,266 megabits
per second, which is twice as fast as DDR4 DRAM for PCs working typically at
2,133 Mbps per pin. Assuming a 64 bit
wide memory bus, this can be viewed as transmitting over 34GBs of data
per second. All this raw power can be used to get a better multitasking
experience and smoother VR and 4k playbacks for videos on mobiles. This will
also push the graphic boundaries of mobile and facilitate for beautiful and
rich visuals on games.
The Samsung 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM delivers all this boost in power and still
manages to be more power efficient thanks to its use of the latest 10nm-class
process technology and Samsung’s proprietary low-power circuit design. This
circuit design enables the memory chip to double the capacity of the company’s
20nm-class 4GB DRAM package, while consuming approximately the same amount of
The 8GB LPDDR4 is 15mm by 15mm by 1.0mm in size. This small
size will allow newer generation of mobiles to deliver high performance while
remaining ultra-slim and compact. Also the extra space can be used to add other
components. The same chip can also be implemented in tablets, increasing their capabilities
and opening up the possibility of VR.
While all of this sounds mouth wateringly good one must
remember that this is just Samsung announcing their new DRAM and there are no
signs of it appearing in mobiles until the next flagship device by Smasung arrives
in the market, which is probably going happen next year only.
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