Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed

  • Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed

Samsung's first LPDDR5 DRAM memory chips revealed

Samsung has announced further development of its DDR5-based product family, adding an 8Gb Low-Power DDR5 (LPDDR5) chip to the 16Gb DDR5 chip it announced back in February.

"We will continue to expand our next-generation 10nm-class DRAM line-up as we accelerate the move toward greater use of premium memory across the global landscape".

Samsung will offer the new chip in two bandwidths - 6,400 Mb/s at a 1.1 operating voltage (V) and 5,500 Mb/s at 1.05V.

Samsung says the chip is the world's first 10-nanometer 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM that it's 1.5 times as fast as the mobile LPDDR4X DRAM chips used in current flagship mobile devices.

These power saving attempts will supposedly decrease power consumption by up to 30 percent, and in the long run, help increase the the battery life of future smartphones.

While the announcement comes with the usual promises of "improved performance" and "reduced power consumption", there is some technical basis for those. The 8Gb LPDDR5 makes use of a highly advanced, speed-optimized circuit architecture that verifies and ensures the chip's ultra-high-speed performance.

Samsung has announced its first LPDDR5 memory chip. This new 10nm class 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM will be useful to support the upcoming 5G networks, and AI-powered mobile applications as well. It has been configured to avoid overwriting cells with "0" values. There is also a feature called "deep sleep mode", which cuts the power usage to approximately half the "idle mode" of the current LPDDR4X DRAM.

If the Samsung Galaxy S10 does get this chip it would be a big upgrade, as the standard Samsung Galaxy S9 only has 4GB of RAM - though the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has 6GB.

DDR5 as a standard is still a little way off yet, and LPDDR5 is really a much bigger deal for mobile devices than their desktop counterparts.