Samsung’s new LPDDR5 chips boast 16GB of DRAM

Samsung just unveiled a new chip that boasts 16GB of DRAM.
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The next generation of flagship smartphones is projected to be extremely powerful. As more component manufacturers reveal the specs of their newest chips, the picture of what those phones might look like becomes clearer.

Samsung just unveiled its first LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chips that boast an astonishing 16GB of memory. That easily surpasses the memory found in low-to-mid-range PCs on the market today. In other words, tomorrow’s smartphones will be more powerful than many computers. Samsung’s new chip is already found in its Galaxy S20 Ultra and will soon be found in other flagship phones.

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With the announcement of Samsung’s newest LPDDR5 chips comes plenty of excitement for what is to come. While consumer PCs have been stuck on 8GB or 16GB of RAM for several years, mobile chips continue to advance at an astounding rate.

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Just seven months ago, Samsung revealed a 12GB LPDDR5 chip. Scaling that up to 16GB in such a short timeframe is an impressive accomplishment. Although its new chip won’t be used in budget-friendly devices, it will be a staple for flagship phones aimed at consumers who value the most impressive specs.

On top of its impressive memory capacity, the new Samsung chip boasts lightning-quick speeds. It clocks in at 5,500 Mbps, which is about 30 percent faster than its 8GB LPDDR4X chips. Meanwhile, it uses 20 percent less power than the previous generation of chips. Those improvements will help future flagship devices operate more efficiently and allow manufacturers to offer a longer battery life.

The new chip is built on Samsung’s second-generation 10-nanometer process tech, according to a company press release.

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Among the biggest trends in tech currently are 5G and artificial intelligence (AI). These two areas are experiencing tremendous growth in recent years and are projected to keep growing well into the 2020s and beyond. There is a huge potential for profit in these ground-floor sectors that manufacturers are hoping to capture.

As 5G and AI continue to advance both technologies are seeing integrations with consumer devices more frequently. However, both are demanding features that require powerful hardware to run effectively.

Samsung’s new 16GB chip will help power these trends in consumer devices. It will aid 5G-equipped phones and those running AI algorithms to perform smoothly and quickly.

The company also says that its latest semiconductor offering also supports “dynamic and responsive gameplay as well as ultra-high-resolution graphics on premium smartphones for highly immersive mobile gaming experiences.”

However, Samsung isn’t content to stop there. Instead, it has ambitious plans to continue pioneering LPDDR5 chips in the second half of the year. It aims to “mass-produce 16GB LPDDR5 products based on third-generation 10-nanometer-class process technology.” This will occur in line with the manufacturer’s development of a 6,400 Mbps chipset.

With these projects ongoing, along with the announcement of its 16GB chip, Samsung has positioned itself as a frontrunner to supply smartphone manufacturers with the necessary hardware for their next-gen flagship devices.


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