Samsung signs mega deals to supply DDR4 RAM for the iPhone 6S and the LG G4
Apple and LG have inked multibillion deals with Samsung to supply next-gen RAM modules in their upcoming flagships, tentatively named LG G4 and Apple iPhone 6S (or iPhone 7). That's the word out of Korean media, though the publication doesn't spell out exactly what type of random access memory will Samsung supply to those two mobile juggernauts by the boatloads.
Samsung recently announced it has started mass production of next generation DDR4 RAM, made with the 20nm process, as well as "stackable" 3 GB RAM/32 GB storage combo, which, however, is DDR3. Our bet is on the DDR4 undertaking, as we doubt Apple would settle for anything less than that for the iPhone 7, while LG already outed the first phone with DDR4 RAM our - the G Flex 2 - so it's hard to imagine the G4 won't be equipped with the same tech.
"Under the agreement, Samsung will start providing LG Electronics with 100 percent mobile DRAM chips it needs for LG G4 smartphone, which will be unveiled in April. Also, Samsung will handle at least half of the amount that Apple needs for its new iPhone ― tentatively named iPhone 6S," said one industry source.
So what's the advantage of DDR4 over DDR3 that's in current flagships? Well, the new DRAM type offers twice the density and the I/O performance, for starters, and Samsung is offering it built with its frugal 20nm production method, what's not to like here. In addition, the publication confirms that Samsung will be supplying no less than 70% of Apple's upcoming A9 chipset that is slated to go into the iPhone 7, so the future looks bright for Samsung's chip businesses.