Samsung: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB memory enter mass production

By on September 18, 2012, 3:30 PM

Samsung has started mass production of what they claim is the first 2GB LPDDR3 DRAM chip for mobile applications just 10 months after mass production started on DDR2 memory. The milestone marks the first time a 2GB LPDDR3 density chip is available as an all-in-one package as it utilizes four LPDDR3 chips stacked together.

The Korean giant says LPDDR3 will be a requirement moving forward as mobile devices ship with faster processors, higher resolution displays and advanced 3D graphics. Samsung highlights the fact that new LPDDR3 features a transfer rate up to 1,600 Mbps per pin (LPDDR2 maxed out at 1,066 Mbps) which equates to transmission rates up to 12.8 GB/s at the package level. This is approximately 50 percent faster than LPDDR2 parts.

Samsung expects the increased throughput to be immediately evident as the new chips exceed support for full HD video playback. This will allow real-time viewing of high-quality video without having to download the content first.

In related news, Samsung has also started mass production of 128GB eMMC for mobile devices. Besides increased storage capacity, these new chips are faster than existing products while still adhering to JEDEC eMMC v4.5 specification. These large capacity chips also use NAND with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface built using a 20nm manufacturing process.

Hopefully we will begin to see smartphones ship with 2GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage capacity in the not-too-distant future. I can’t help but wonder if a phone with 128GB of storage would render SD expansion slots obsolete. I mean, how much data does the average user carry around on their handset anyway?




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Guest said:

I see no need for 2GB of RAM for phones right now or the immediate future . I mean my mum's computer is running with 2GB of DDR2 and a Phenom II X2 545 on Vista x64 perfectly fine and fast.

1 person liked this | RH00D RH00D said:

I see no need for 2GB of RAM for phones right now or the immediate future . I mean my mum's computer is running with 2GB of DDR2 and a Phenom II X2 545 on Vista x64 perfectly fine and fast.

I guess it's more of, once 2GB is available then developers will find ways to take advantage of it. I think the biggest advantage is that more apps can be left in memory for better and faster app switching/multitasking.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 2GB of RAM already. I wonder, if that's the new 1-chip memory or the old 2-chip setup...

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

2GB RAM, 128GB SSD and a fast CPU... all on a single tiny System on a Chip. Amazing.

Guest said:

"Samsung expects the increased throughput to be immediately evident as the new chips exceed support for full HD video playback. This will allow real-time viewing of high-quality video without having to download the content first."

Can someone explain this to me? Surel'y memory isn't the limiting factor for HD playback? Isn't there a smart phone out there at the moment that supports streaming of HD video?

NightAngel79 said:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 2GB of RAM already. I wonder, if that's the new 1-chip memory or the old 2-chip setup...

We already had 2gig chips. They were the older DDR2 modules though, the new RAM talked about int this article is DDR3 at 1600

VitalyT VitalyT said:

We already had 2gig chips. They were the older DDR2 modules though, the new RAM talked about int this article is DDR3 at 1600

I gather as much. But I wondered if the new memory is what ends up Galaxy Note 2...

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