Samsung starts mass production of 12-gigabit LPDDR4 DRAM

Samsung today announced that it has started the mass production of 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 DRAM, based on its 20nm fabrication process. This makes Samsung the first company to start the production of 12-gigabit RAM chips.

The new chips will be 30 percent faster and consume 20 percent less power compared to the 8Gb LPDDR4 chips from Samsung. They will also be twice as fast as DDR4 RAM chips for PCs. Samsung also boasts that its new 12Gb LPDDR4 chips will lead up to a 50 percent increase in production when compared to its previous 8Gb LPDDR4 memory.

“By initiating mass production of 12Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM in an extremely timely manner, we now are not only helping OEMs to accelerate their moves to the next generation of mobile devices, but also providing functionality that will give mobile consumers greatly enhanced user experiences,” said Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Furthermore, we intend to closely collaborate with our global customers to move beyond premium smartphones and tablets in creating new digital markets that embrace the full potential of cutting-edge technologies like next-generation mobile DRAM.”

The 12Gb chip will allow OEMs to equip their devices with 3GB or 6GB RAM in a single package by using two or four chips, respectively. It will also allow them to ship their device with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, if they wish to.

Samsung was previously the first company to start the mass production of 8-gigabit LPDDR4 RAM chips, which are found inside devices like the OnePlus 2, Galaxy S6 edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5.

[Via Samsung Tomorrow]