13 March 2020
Samsung has announced that the mass-production of the new 16GB LPDDR5 RAM has started and it should reach the phones in the premium segment soon. It is based on 10nm-class process technology and it aims to deliver the highest performance. The size of the RAM is twice the DRAM capacity found in many higher-end laptops and even gaming PCs today.
Samsung touts that’s the industry’s first 16GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM has an added capacity that enables enhanced 5G and AI features for the graphic-rich gaming and smart photography. Samsung claims the 16GB RAM supports dynamic and responsive gameplay as well as ultra-high-resolution graphics on premium smartphones for highly immersive mobile gaming experiences.
The new 16GB LPDDR5 RAM has a data transfer rate of 5.5Gbps, which is approximately 1.3 times faster than LPDDRX chips. The power consumption is up to 20% lower power compared to 8GB LPDDR4X chips.
Samsung’s 16GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM package consists of eight 12-gigabit (Gb) chips and four 8Gb chips. The new DRAM chips are being produced at the company’s Pyeongtaek facility in South Korea. The production of 16GB LPDDR4X DRAM chips using the third-generation 10nm process (with transfer speeds reaching as high as 6Gbps) will start in the second half of the year.
It is expected that the new 16GB RAM will be available in a lot of premium smartphones in the coming months. Samsung introduced the 12GB LPDDR5 RAM last year and it is available in the Galaxy S20 Ultra as well.