Samsung is once again showing its expertise in the semiconductor industry by launching the first 8GB LPDDR5 RAM module for smartphones. It’ll be used in upcoming smartphones with support for 5G connectivity.
As expected, the Korean company broke new grounds while reaching the milestone. It is the first smartphone RAM module which is produced with a 10nm fabrication process.
In terms of hard numbers, the RAM module should lower power consumption by 30%, which should help designers squeeze more out of current batteries in smartphones. The speed gains are also 50% over the existing class-leading LPDDR4X, allowing theoretical peak data speeds of 6.4 Gb/s.
While the application of 5G in smartphones is the most-straightforward, Samsung also reckons phones with up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution will be supported, as well as advanced machine learning and AI applications.
Not The First?
Samsung itself has previously made an 8 GB RAM module, unveiling one for phones (albeit in DDR4 configuration) in 2016, while its desktop options go up to 16 GB in their 10nm specification. Also, 8GB RAM on a phone isn’t something extraordinary, with the OnePlus 5 being available in 8 GB configuration since 2017 and even Vivo Nex S and Xiaomi Mi 8 coming in with the same RAM size.
However, the new module will help break new grounds in both speed and efficiency going forward, rather than just increasing capacity over time. The new RAM module will be available in 2019, we can expect to see it in the Note 10 or maybe the Galaxy S10 as well.
Via Digital Trends