Samsung Launches New 12GB RAM Modules For Future Smartphones
Samsung Electronics has announced today that it has begun the mass production of the highest capacity of mobile Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) currently available. It is the first 12GB Low-Power Double Data Rate 4X (LPDDR4X) RAM which is made for future smartphones. According to the company, the new product will enable users to take full advantage of all the features that are expected to arrive in the next generation of smartphones.
Samsung 12GB LPDDR4X Mobile DRAM
With the new 12GB LPDDR4X mobile DRAM module from Samsung, the company aims to maximize the potential of devices that feature more than five cameras. It will also help with the ever-increasing display sizes on devices and will boost Artificial Intelligence and 5G capabilities in smartphones. More RAM, in general, signifies better multitasking and faster operations in the device’s UI. Samsung claims an industry leading 1.1 millimetres thickness of the DRAM module, which may lead to slimmer smart devices featuring the technology.
The new 12GB LPDDR4X mobile DRAM module is manufactured using a 10nm fabrication process. According to Samsung, this is achieved by combining six 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4X chips based on the second generation 10nm process into a single package. This new module is thus capable of data transfer rates of up to 34.1GB per second. It also claims that the new technology reduces power consumption, making smartphone batteries last even longer.
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Notably, the only products in Samsung’s current lineup with 12GB of RAM are the Galaxy S10+ Ceramic Edition and the Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. However, both the devices use a different technology than the aforementioned one. The mobile DRAMs inside them is manufactured using a 20nm architecture, instead of a 10nm one found in the latest generation. The new 12GB RAM standard, along with the recently announced 512GB UFS 3.0 storage will be seen in devices starting next year.