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Samsung Unveils Industry's First 10nm 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM Module

17 July 2018

Samsung might be best known for its smartphones and consumer electronics but it might surprise you to know that its most steady and most profitable business as been from its silicon, particularly its memory and storage products. The last update to the LPDDR specification was introduced four years ago in the form of LPDDR4. Now the South Korean IT giant is once again laying the stepping-stone for the transition to a new LPDDR specification.

Compared to devices that use LPDDR4X chips, the 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM module offers a data rate which is up to 1.5 times faster. This is 14 HD porn videos of 3.7 GB in size beamed to your smartphone in a second. The company says that this is the industry's first 10nm class 8GB LPDDR5 chip.

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The memory also makes use of a speed-optimised circuit architecture that verifies and ensures the chip's ultra-high-speed performance.

As expected, the LPDDR5 chip comes with several low-power features that reduce power consumption by up to 30%.

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In terms of power savings, the 10nm-class LPDDR5 has been engineered to lower its voltage in accordance with the operating speed of the corresponding application processor when in active mode to maximize power savings. It also has been configured to avoid overwriting cells with "0" values.

Samsung's LPDDR5 DRAM also promises greater power savings thanks to a new "deep sleep mode".

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Samsung reports successfully testing a prototype 8 GB (not 8 Gbit) LPDDR5 DRAM package made up of eight such 8 Gbit (not GB) chips. Leveraging the cutting-edge manufacturing infrastructure at its latest line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, Samsung plans to begin mass production of its next-generation DRAM lineups (LPDDR5, DDR5 and GDDR6) in line with the demands of global customers.

Samsung Unveils Industry's First 10nm 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM Module