Smartphones with 2GB RAM to proliferate as Samsung cranks mass production of 20nm mobile memory
Samsung Now Producing Industry's first Highest Density Mobile LPDDR2 Memory, Using 20nm-class Technology
SEOUL, Korea – May 17, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced today that it has begun producing the industry's first four gigabit (Gb), low power double-data-rate 2 (LPDDR2) memory using 20 nanometer (nm) class* technology. The mobile DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which went into mass production last month, will help the market to deliver advanced devices that are faster, lighter and provide longer battery life than today's mobile devices.
"Samsung began expanding the market for 4Gb DRAM last year with the first mass-produced 30nm-class DRAM, and now we are working on capturing most of the advanced memory market with our new 20nm-class 4Gb DRAM," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "In the second half of this year, we expect to strongly increase the portion of 20nm-class DRAM within our overall DRAM output to make the 4Gb DRAM line-up the mainstream product in DRAM production, and therefore keeping the leadership position in the premium market and strengthening the competitive edge."
As large-screen tablets and smartphones equipped with quad-core CPUs lead rapid growth of the mobile market, there is greater demand for more energy-efficient and higher-capacity memory products that guarantee longer battery life, as well as faster processing speed.
Samsung's 20nm-class 4Gb mobile DRAM represents the thinnest, highest-density, and highest-performance mobile memory, which enables ultra-slim mobile designs, as well as superior next-generation systems for both mobile manufacturers and enterprise solution providers.
Furthermore, based on the 4Gb components, Samsung can deliver 2-Gigabyte (GB) solutions that boast razor-thin thickness of 0.8 millimeters (mm) , which stack four 4Gb LPDDR2 chips in a single LPDDR2 package. This new package is approximately 20 percent thinner than 2GB packages that stack four 30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 chips. Also, the new 2GB package can process data at up to 1,066 megabits per second (Mbps), while spending the same amount of power as that of a previous 30nm-class 2GB package. Benefits of the new 20nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 will help speed up the growth of the 4Gb DRAM market.
Samsung expects the newly introduced 20nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 will rapidly replace 30nm-class 2Gb-based 1GB LPDDR2 that was in limited supply at the 0.8 mm thickness.
Production of 20nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 ensures Samsung the widest range of mobile DRAM products in the industry. This follows the company's previous achievement with 20nm-class DRAM, when it provided the industry's first 20nm-class 8GB DDR3 modules for notebook PCs in March.
According to IHS iSuppli, shipments of 4Gb LPDDR2 will steadily increase, taking approximately 13 percent of total DRAM shipments in 2012, 49 percent in 2013 and 63 percent in 2014, with 4Gb DRAM becoming the mainstream chip in the DRAM market around the end of 2013.
For more information about Samsung Green memory, visit www.samsung.com/GreenMemory
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I honestly think we should put these first in tablets. Smartphones don't usually consume that much memory.
2. cheetah2k (Posts: 773; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
who cares if smartphones don't need it. Bigger is better, so bring it Samsung!!!! :D
10. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1227; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Hell yeah!! Bigger is better!! When you constantly using your phone, memory could be taken up pretty fast. I rather have more than not enough to cause my phone to lag.
12. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
bigger is not better lol. Samsung just executes it very well.
LG Optimus Vu is nothing compared to le Note.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5611; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder how many of the high end Android smartphones will ship with 2Gb RAM in time for XMAS 2012?
4. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)
With this, I can open ONE THOUSANDZ apps simultaneusly |D
17. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
and your battery will be dead till evening.
in this case ios or windows multitaskieng way would be better
For me the most optimal option would be when user is let to choose which apps should run and which can be paused.
8. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
yea why not. is that asking to much.
9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
now thats innovation. no surprise that Sammy has eclipsed everyone out there.
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5611; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
RAM = random access memory. RAM is where the programs and data that are accessed by the CPU are resident. When RAM is filled, the CPU must go to disk or Solid State Drive for the programs/data. More RAM = quicker execution of programs.
16. BomberXL (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
i cant wait till smartphones get to 2,4,8 gigs of ram.. but i want to hear more news about what they are doing to the batteries to keep the processors running, long, strong, and not to overheat.