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Samsung starts producing 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM

Posted: 03 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LPPDR3  20nm process  4Gb  mobile DRAM 

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has announced the production of an ultra-high-speed 4Gb low-power double data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM. The device is being produced at a 20nm process node, the company said.

The new 4Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM enables performance levels comparable to the standard DRAM utilised in personal computers, making it an attractive solution for demanding multimedia-intensive features on next-generation mobile devices such as high-performance smartphones and tablets.

"By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Our 20nm-class 4Gb mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner."

The 4Gb LPDDR3 can transmit data at up to 2,133Mbit/s per pin, which is more than double the performance of the preceding memory standard mobile DRAM (LPDDR2) with a data transmission speed of 800Mbit/s. This makes it possible to transmit three full HD videos, collectively 17GBs in length, in one second over the new Samsung chip embedded in a mobile device.

Samsung's 20nm-class LPDDR3 mobile DRAM enables seamless display of full HD video on smartphones with five inch-or-larger screens. In comparison to a 30nm-class LPDDR3 DRAM, the new device generates more than a 30 per cent improvement in performance and 20 per cent savings in power consumption, Samsung said.

While mobile gadgets continue to scale down in height, battery packs have been increasing in size. By adopting Samsung's 4Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM, OEMs can have a 2GB package that includes four of Samsung's new chips in a single package that meets the memory package height of 0.8mm.

Representing a major growth factor in the DRAM market, Samsung plans to increase production of its advanced 20nm-class mobile DRAM later this year, solidifying its competitiveness as a memory industry leader.

According to market research firm, Gartner, the DRAM market is forecast to grow by 13 per cent year-over-year to reach Rs.1.59 lakh crore ($29.6 billion) in 2013, with mobile DRAM to exceed Rs.53,763.44 crore ($10 billion) in sales, for 35 per cent of the total DRAM market.

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