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Samsung's new low power DDR4 memory chip could mean 4GB of RAM on your next smartphone

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Samsung's new low power DDR4 memory chip could mean 4GB of RAM on your next smartphone
Get ready for a smartphone carrying 4GB of RAM. On Monday in Korea, Samsung announced that it has developed the first 8 gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM. The chip was built using the 20nm process and offers 1GB on a single die. This means it has the largest density on a DRAM component. In addition, Samsung says it provides a high level of performance with low energy consumption. Four of the 8Gb chips would combine to offer a single 4GB LPDDR4 package would would mean 4GB of RAM for a smartphone, or other device.

The 8Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM would allow for faster applications, higher resolution displays, longer battery life, and more advanced features for your device. With the new Low Voltage Swing Terminated Logic (LVSTL) I/O interface, data will be transferred per pin at a rate of 3200Mbps. That is twice as fast as the 20nm process LPDDR3 DRAM that is currently mass produced. It also achieves 50%  higher performance than the fastest DDR3 memory chip and at 1.1 volts, uses only 40% of the energy.

The chip will be used for top-shelf devices, including smartphones, and will be ready for shipment in 2014.

Samsung’s mobile RAM journey has been quite amazing. Here are the types of mobile memories the company produced throughout the years:
  • 2009: 256MB (50 nanometer 1Gb MDDR, 400Mbps)
  • 2010: 512MB (40 nano 2Gb MDDR, 400Mbps)
  • 2011: 1GB/2GB (30 nano 4Gb LPDDR2, 1,066 Mbps)
  • August 2012: 2GB (30 nano 4Gb LPDDR3, 1,600 Mbps)
  • April 2013: 2GB (20 nano 4Gb LPDDR3, 2,133 Mbps)
  • July 2013: 3GB (20 nano 4Gb LPDDR3, 2,133 Mbps)
  • November 2013: 3GB (20 nanometer 6Gb LPDDR3, 2,133 Mbps)
  • H1 2014: 4GB (20 nano 8Gb LPDDR4, 3,200 Mbps)

Samsung's new LPDDR4 means smartphones with 4GB of RAM are coming

Samsung's new LPDDR4 means smartphones with 4GB of RAM are coming


source: Samsung via Engadget

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posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:28

1. Max_Boost (Posts: 60; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I'll be surprised if this makes it to the S5. Maybe on the Note 4?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:01 11

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2699; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I think the S5 will bring it.

Samsung's R&D is really great.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:36 6

15. XaErO (Posts: 153; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I think, Samsung will bring this in Galaxy S5 ..
This will ensure loads of RAM, Strong Performance and easy on battery !! ..
Great work Samsung !!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:10

20. h3nryvn (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Nahhhh... Galaxy note 4 may be. S5... Low chance...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:26 1

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5878; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Whichever model is released with the new memory, Sammy is laying the foundation for 64-bit processing. Couple years, 64-bit SoC, 4+ Gb RAM, Android with ARMv8 + 64-bits, 64-bit apps. Note 5 maybe?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 04:38 1

26. mr.techdude (Posts: 551; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Samsung probably needs the 4gb ram to add more sci fi mumbo jumbo bullcrap to their devices, who knows.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:36 7

2. serge327 (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I think Galaxy S5 will get 3GB as note 3. I think Note 4 the big chance will get 4GB RAM

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:38 1

3. Jurdiales (Posts: 117; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


4GB of RAM are really necessary?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:49 1

5. techspace (Posts: 709; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


it may not be necessary when the note 4(samsung increase the note's ram by 1gb every year, so the note 4 should be the first galaxy device to get it) releases, but it would be really useful in the long run

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 05:05

29. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


RAM is important, dude. My phone has 1 GB of RAM but only 800 MB is usable. Stock ROM eats half of the RAM. The rest is for other apps like whatsapp, facebook, line, etc.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 05:59 1

31. Cesar (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


only on Android system, iPhone 5S has only 1 GB and kick ass the high Android devices muhahahahaha ;)

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:20 8

33. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1250; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


So your saying Apple products would not benefit from more ram?The 5s/iPad's only has 1 GB only because Apple is trying to maximize profits.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 07:52 1

36. techspace (Posts: 709; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Actually, apple deserves credit for it...if a low clocked high quality dual core processor with 1 gb ram can work so well and if it can run all the apps and games so well why would they add anything more. The processors are good and iOS is not as power hungry as android. I just wonder what would happen if apple decide to spend a little more , make a 2.5 ghz octa core a8 processor with 4 gb ram

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 09:40 4

38. networkdood (Posts: 6281; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, perhaps when the iphone is actually doing something that it will have a need for RAM higher than 1GB...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:31 1

46. wilsong17 (Posts: 982; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


sit back down boy how many youtube video can you watch at the same time, multi window i think not... when your iphone can do this come see us have fun ;0

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:13 1

32. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1250; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I remember the same being said about 640k 20 years ago. You can never have enough ram. Heck, I would gladly take a 50 terabyte hard drive over a 1 terebyte if the cost difference is negligible. Never complain about having to much ram, storage or processor power. In the case of the iPhone 5s the processor is the best out there but no apps currently takes full advantage of it. I don't ding Apple for that but I do ding them for the 1gig of memory. That's unacceptable because 1gig is not future proof.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 14:33 2

42. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


yes because the higher the RAM the more multitasking you can do on your phone which is something that apple can't do on their iphones

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 14:52

44. xfire99 (Posts: 544; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Apps, games, tasks etc....preloaded in the RAM is faster then internal flash NAND.
Android true mutlitasking compared to iOS/WP semi mutlitasking will help too.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:43 1

4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


higher resolution nooo lol 1080p is good for now let alone the upcoming QHD resolutions. Battery life yesss! Good news, but I'm pretty excited to see what Samsung has in store for the year.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:50 4

6. rsan0612 (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Awesome. Improving battery technologies, low power state CPU's, now low power RAM. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 04:42

27. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Don't forget low power displays (although still in 'beta') and radios.

Quick question to anyone out there? Is there such thing as a low power camera, or do they already use little battery?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 22:12

49. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


The MEMS tech has been rumoured to come soon into the smartphone. MEMS cameras consume only 1mW of power whilst providing faster focus and shutter speeds.
The cameras currently used in smartphones consume quite some power and sometimes are a bit slow(not that much now).

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:53 3

7. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


We need to start educating consumers that despite the headline grabbing 4GB of RAM feature, this will still just be another Android phone with Touchwiz like the last million that Samsung have produced. We need to educate consumers to start demanding better software on our phones, not more RAM. Let's see you produce something like iOS, Samsung, instead of taking a free ride from Google. Let's see you produce an OS and ecosystem that's tailored to your hardware so that it's fast, efficient and doesn't need 4GB of RAM headline features to sell.

We are sick to death of Android already!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:33 10

14. Diezparda (Posts: 210; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


educate people? So you think iOS is waaaaay better? I don't think so...

It doesn't matter how fast you think the iOS over the Android. Both Samsung and Android offers more features that i called "usefull", unlike the iOS which still attached to the iTunes to upload most content, doesn't allow you to add an external sd card so you need to spend an extra 100 for more storage.

I'm no haters just saying different person have a different needs, for me i didn't see the benefit of Apple iOS and the new 64bit architecture, simply because it didn't offer much to begin with...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:49 1

16. Reality_Check (Posts: 276; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The level of trolling has steadily increased. Keep it up !!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:13 4

21. betoxthexking (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 May 2012)


ios is perty, it's smooth but have you seen the display on the 5s, it blurs as if the refresh rate is 10hz, no where near as nice as a note 3 s4 or lg g2 display

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 09:46 3

39. networkdood (Posts: 6281; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


iOS has grown more boring - too much white screen - my wife went to Samsung and is much happier now...she has the mini Galaxy 3....which is basically the same size as an iphone...lol

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:34 1

47. wilsong17 (Posts: 982; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


you cant even multi task on ios try to set upload pic automatic to dropbox you have to open the app on ios to upload the pic and if you close it you have to open again, where in android it automatic does for you

here you have fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhmEGduKup4

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 01:56 1

8. sckortyman (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Imagine this: Samsung note 4 releases with 4gb of ddr4 ram and some super energy efficient version of an Intel core i series proccessor that's expected to release. Then with the help of even more pixie dust it can run multi window with windows and android apps

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:05 2

10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5579; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Wow, nice! But we need a phone with good battery life!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:18 4

12. livyatan (Posts: 706; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This RAM is the most energy efficient to date.
According to article, it uses only 40% of the energy of the current LPDDR3 in Samsung top gun phones

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:32

13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5579; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Great! Let's hope that this will make it to the S5.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:56

18. arenanew (Posts: 213; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


stupid move by samsung he have to improve battery first

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:04 2

19. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5579; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Samsung is a "he"?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 04:22

25. Diezparda (Posts: 210; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Eeew so my GNote actually a "he", better ask siri

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 14:35

43. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


no one has ever did improved their batteries cause its too complex even top scientist from all over the world are still having a hard time to find a breakthrough not even the guys in NASA

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 16:54 2

45. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1619; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Actually Korean scientists have found a breakthrough by Carbonizing a graphite-soaked LMO (lithium manganese oxide) Which is like a super lithium-ion battery that can charge 120x faster than normal. It's only a matter of time that they will come in a smaller form factor

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:16 2

11. livyatan (Posts: 706; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Damn, this whispers the Note 4 all over - about 30-40Gb/s memory bandwidth, over 300Gflops, with a battery endurance that will significantly improve even upon the current Note.

Yet, I have no plans to upgrade my Note 3 in the next 2-3 years.
It really is that good

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 02:55

17. arenanew (Posts: 213; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


what is use of 4 gb ram nonsense by samsung but i know they never become pc i think samsung release 40 gb in note 3 and 60 core of n=mediatek in note 6 , baseless

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:41 2

34. joey_sfb (Posts: 3009; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Note 3 has replace my desktop. Together with an epson l355. I could print with and scan to my smartphone. I hardly switch on my desktop these days. Good saving on electricity bill.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 09:04

37. box14380 (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


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posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:28

23. victory_zhou (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


When samsung announced the 2gb ram actually is 1.75gb usable, but when it comes to 3gig, which is note 3, total was only 2.3gb, so what's next, 3 gig usable only

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 03:36 5

24. twens (Posts: 680; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


IOS fun boys will never understand. You think smoothness means everything in the mobile world?

1.Our phones recognize usb storage devices when connected to them( no matter how huge your pen drive is my note 3 can read from it)

2. Note 3 has usb 3.0 which copies large files at an amazing speed

3. It pushes full 1080p via hdmi to external devices

4. It can run unlimited apps via multiwindow or pen window at the same time

5. it records video in 4k

So you see, this are just a few reasons why android or samsung phones always have insane specs. They just do more than your tiny iphone which can not live in peace without itunes. Aint you tired of relying on itunes all the time?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 09:47 1

40. networkdood (Posts: 6281; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I agree with you, but most iphone users will not have a clue what you are talking about....could you dumb down your posts, going forward? Thanks....

Sincerely,

The Phonearena Team

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 04:47

28. Mube007 (Posts: 99; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


I think 512 ram should be phase out now !1gb ram will be perfect for entry level android phones

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 05:09

30. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


4 GB is insane, but it's better to have big memory

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:46

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 3009; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


4gb is standard for 2014, for 2015 I expect 8gb as standard for high end mobile device.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:57

41. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Sure, but only if you want to see your phone say "895725 applications closed" whenever you clear memory in the RAM manager. That would also mean that more apps will find their way to stay alive in the background since the system still detects that there's memory left for tasks.

Sorry, but I'll stick to 4GB for a few years first. You can focus on amazing batteries now, Sammy.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 18:11

48. joey_sfb (Posts: 3009; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


unlimited power source has been a dream since the beginning of time. we are not getting there any soon by a year.

ram technology is not that limited,.our ram keep doubling each year.

high ram with low voltage requirement will improve the quality and duration we get from our limited battery juice.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 00:50

50. Trex95 (Posts: 558; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Hope intensive 3D games run smooth after the 4GB ram. Note 3 can't run some intensive games even with 3GB ram?!

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 08:09

51. lonewolf2873 (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Like which games can't note 3 run??

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 12:39

52. Trex95 (Posts: 558; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


GTA san Andreas

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 02:22

53. Xander (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


GTA San Andreas runs perfectly smooth on Note 3.

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