SK Hynix unveils 'world’s first' 8Gb LPDDR3 RAM chip

Samsung makes the most of RAM chips for mobile devices, but it’s not the only one and its main rival SK Hynix just outpaced it by releasing the “world’s first” 8Gb (1GB) LPDDR3 RAM chip. SK Hynix has already shipped samples to customers and plans to kick off mass production by the end of the year.

Back in April, Samsung boasted about being the first to get 4Gb LPDDR3 chips en masse. Thus, to get the 2GB of RAM on 2013 smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, one needed to stack up four of those chips.

The new 8Gb SK Hynix chip on the other hand would allow us to finally reach the 4GB limit of 32-bit systems like Android. Stacking four of the new chips would result in a phone with 4 gigs of RAM. To go further than that we need to jump into 64-bit ARM systems, and those have already been announced.

“With the development of this high density LPDDR3 using 20nm class, SK Hynix is now able to supply a top-performance product suitable for mobile devices to the market”, SK Hynix senior VP of sales and marketing Richard Chin said. “Especially, this development has its significance since the Company has secured top-level competitiveness in mobile products by developing it simultaneously with PC DRAM using the same 20nm class process technology.”

source: SK Hynix via Android Beat



1. FlushGordon unregistered

probably useful in 3-5 years time

4. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Notice it says 8Gb not 8GB. The lower case b refers to bites. A capital B is bytes. 8Gb = 1GB. Therefore you would need two of these chips to equal the 2GB of RAM found in todays flagships instead of the 4 currently needed. This is useful now not in 3-5yrs time.

6. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Sorry spelling error. I meant "bit" not "bite". There are 2 nibbles to a bit (seriously no joke). 8 bits to a byte. 1024 bytes to a kilobyte, 1024KB to a megabyte... and on it goes

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I want it NOW!! come on note 3, let it happen!!

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

8Gb = 4GB. Dont worry. Android will still lag with this 4GB of ram. They are simply needed for bragging rights.

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

jellybean doesn't lag,and the reason android will use more processing power and ram is because it does true multitasking like windows or mac os, it's not like ios or windows phone where only some apps can utilize "multitasking" or paused in the background. i love wp8 and ios but android rules all. it's like a pc,the possibilities are endless, only held back by hardware!

11. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

No there are 8bits to a byte. 8gigabits = 1gigabyte

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think there's some spelling mistake in your name too, it should be SuperMario... May be there's a chance of PA's spell error. Instead of 'B' they might just punched 'b'.

13. taikucing unregistered

lag? what lag? Lag was before 2010. Today is 2013. My Motorola Xoom MZ601 runs smoothly with Jellybean. Even my sub $200 phone doesn't suffer a lag. Custom launcher with crazy animation & too many widgets & apps running in the background make the android lag. That's why it needs more RAM. If the RAM is not full, it runs smoothly.

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I have yet to experience any lag with my Nexus 4. So what lag? oh wait, @EXkurogane is the only thing here that's lagging on information. Get it right first, then attack.

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

wow, for tablets it would be a big help smoothing things up.. :O

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

4 GB of LDDR3 RAM [probably more practical in the short-run] or 8. Doesn't manner. As long as either of these are more energy efficient, it's a win.

5. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And trolls will say "LAG-free Android, at last" ...

7. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Notice it says 8Gb (gigabit) which is not the same as 8GB (gigabyte). 8gigabits = 1gigabyte. There are 8bits to a byte. Notice in the article it states that stacking four of them would give us 4 gigs of RAM.

12. affandi

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I would hate it if Note 3 comes with 2GB ram and then only a couple of months later phones starts to come out with 4GB ram

15. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

I hope this means we get some nice competition, and no more phones with less than 1GB of RAM BTW I think the limit is less than 4 GB, maybe even less than 3.5 GB

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