Samsung unveils 12GB DRAM module for smartphones

Joanna Estrada
March 15, 2019

After launching the production of 512GB eUFS 3.0 memory chips, the company is now kick-starting the production of 12GB DRAM modules for usage in smartphones.

Samsung said it would boost the production of its existing 8GB and the new 12GB 10-nanometer chips in order to meet expected demand. Now it is punching out 12GB LPDDR4X (Low Power Double Data Rate 4X) DRAM in a 1.1mm-thick package using the same process technology.

Most of the newest flagships sport up to 8GB RAM. Featuring higher capacity than most ultra-thin notebooks, the new mobile DRAM will enable smartphone users to take full advantage of all the features in next-generation smartphones. With folding smartphones now making an appearance, the importance of having enough RAM to drive them going forward is apparent. "With the LPDDR4X, we're strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers", said Samsung VP Sewon Chun.

The 12GB capacity was achieved by combining six 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4X chips based on the second-generation 10nm-class (1y-nm) process into a single package, providing more space for the smartphone battery.

The memory also delivers data transfer rates of 34.1GB/s, while minimising an increase in power consumption.

The announcement emphasizes the role that 12GB RAM would play in phones with more than five cameras, large displays, and 5G capability, heavily hinting that it might come with the Galaxy S10 5G and Galaxy Fold.

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