Samsung debuts new mobile DRAM, touts PC-like performance

Samsung debuts new mobile DRAM, touts PC-like performance

Summary: Company says the new 4GB LPDDR3 chip is an industry first using 20-nanometer processes, and offers more than double the performance of the previous standard in terms of data transmission.

Samsung's 4GB LPDDR3 chip is an industry first using 20-nanometer processes, and offers more than double the performance of the previous standard in terms of data transmission

Samsung on Tuesday released its new 20-nanometer (nm) class mobile DRAM, which it says is the industry's first and offers PC-like performance for multimedia-intensive features on high-end smartphones and tablet devices.

In a statement issued today, the South Korean electronics manufacturer announced its 4-gigabit (GB) LPDDR3 (low power double data rate 3) mobile DRAM, which will be manufactured based on the 20nm process, as it looks to keep ahead of the industry competition.

The company said the new memory chip has performance levels comparable to the standard DRAM used PCs, and it is an "attractive solution" for demanding multimedia functionalities on today's top-tier mobile devices.

For instance, the chip can transmit data at up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps) per pin, which is more than double the performance of the preceding LPDDR2 standard of 800 Mbps. In practical terms, Samsung said it is now possible to transmit three full high-definition (HD) videos totaling 17GBs in length in a second using the chip embedded in a mobile device.

Jun Young-Hyun, executive vice president of memory sales & marketing at Samsung Electronics, said in the statement: "By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs (original equipment makers) to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace."

The company added it plans to increase production of its 20nm-class mobile DRAM later this year.

Last week, it was reported that Samsung is having problems producing enough mobile DRAM for both its devices as well as for other OEMs due to overwhelming demand for smartphones globally. Shin Jong Kyun, head of Samsung's mobile business, reported said the company faces the possibility of having to buy DRAM chips from its rival SK Hynix in order to keep up.

It also announced last week it generated operating profit of 8.78 trillion won (US$7.9 billion) for its first quarter earnings report. Its IT & Mobile Communications (IM) Division, in particular, contributed more than half of the total revenues in the quarter with 32.82 trillion won (US$29.5 billion) as consumers lapped up its Galaxy S3 and Note 2 devices. 


Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • copycats

    Samsung are just copycats. Eh, maybe not. Can't think of any company that is doing more for mobile computing than Samsung. From memory chips to SOCs to screen tech.
  • copycats

    Samsung are just copycats. Eh, maybe not. Can't think of any company that is doing more for mobile computing than Samsung. From memory chips to SOCs to screen tech.
  • Samsung doesn't need any company for innovation

    Samsung doesn't need any company for innovation. They have been doing phones when the IPAQ and Palm smart devices (so called PDA's, Pocket PCs) were alive. The smartphones are just the Palm and IPAQ devices with a phone integrated and plus a more complete offering of applications.

    Samsung never needed Apple, but Apple always needed Samsung or Apple will never would have been able to launch the iphone with the components offered by other manufacturers at that time.

    The smartphone technology was going to happen any way, but the first one to put all the parts together at the right price/performance will be the winner, and that was apple.

    Apple does not build the key components of the iphone, so it will be interesting to see how they will innovate without Samsung components. Apple haven't have much luck with other companies trying to build quality components that could match that of Samsung.

    And yes, after 30 years of being an Apple fan, I turn to Samsung Note 2's and never look back because Apple screwed all it's fans by not innovating and just cashing in money with the same stuff over and over again. For 30 years, I was an Apple fan not an Apple stupid like I began to feel after the iphone 4s and others were released.
  • Liars

    Obviously Samsung just stole this from Apple. We all know Apple invents every mobile tech tidbit.

    Samsung just has a bunch of idiots standing around in giant factories waiting for Apple to come in and tell the workers what to do.
    • Re: Liars

      Somebody just had a sargasm.
  • Samsung needs Apple

    Samsung needs Apple more than Apple needs Samsung. Apple is one of their biggest customers (if not the biggest.) You can't lose a customer who accounts for a large percentage of your manufacturing business. Apple going elsewhere would idle several of Samsung's factories and cause many thousands to lose their jobs. It would wrap a tourniquet around their cash flow. Samsung stockholders would be very unhappy.

    Apple can just turn the cash fire hose toward another company and build that company into a big manufacturer, leaving Samsung with their heads spinning. That's the advantage of designing your own chips. You can take the manufacturing anywhere you want. It doesn't matter who you hire to fab the parts or assemble the product. There are a lot of fab companies who would build a half a dozen more factories to have Apple's business.
    • Not so fast?

      I'll admit up front that I do not know this industry. However, My guess is that Apple can't just go anywhere to have components made. Not everyone has the capabilities to meet the specs or the volume. I'm thinking there isn't anyone currently or Apple would already be using them.
      • The Technology belongs to Samsung!?

        If that is the case, they can refuse (Samsung - as Apple - also have huge cash / stocks to temporarily fall back on) to sell the new memory chips to Apple, and consequently, the latter will find itself even further back on the technology scale of mobile phones compared to Samsung's new line of mobiles.
        That doesn't sound promising for Apple even if they decide to seek manufacture elsewhere.

        Perhaps it is a small component in the whole array of parts that are needed for a final product, but nevertheless I still believe it may make a dent.