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Samsung begins production of upgraded DRAM for premium smartphones

Samsung begins production of upgraded DRAM for premium smartphones

The new mobile memory, which comes just five months after Samsung started mass production of its 12GB LPDDR4X, is built on Samsung's second-generation 10-nanometer process and is said to be optimized for AI and 5G applications.

Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it has started mass production of the industry's first 12 Gb mobile DRAM for premium smartphones.

Samsung's 12 Gb LPDDR5 memory devices feature a 5500 MT/s data transfer rate, which is about 30% higher when compared to now used LPDDR4X-4266 DRAM.

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With that in mind, it might seem like the 12GB RAM module is coming right in time for the Note 10, although the company doesn't mention the upcoming flagship in its press release. The new chip also uses up to 30 percent less power than its predecessor.

For the nerds here, the DRAM is capable of data rates consisting of 5,500Mbs and is approximately 1.3x faster than previous mobile memory (LPDDR4X at 4266Mbs).

LPDDR5 will allow users to "fully leverage 5G and AI capabilities like ultra-high-definition video recording and machine learning", claims Samsung on its news blog. Starting July 4, Japan said it would scrutinize exports of three key materials for manufacturing semiconductors and displays to Korean companies. "Samsung remains committed to rapidly introducing next-generation mobile memory technologies that deliver greater performance and higher capacity, as we continue to aggressively drive growth of the premium memory market". We're assuming this means it'll be inside the Galaxy Note 10. Meanwhile, as demand for LPDDR5 increases, Samsung may transfer production of this memory to its massive campus near Pyeongtaek, South Korea.