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

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)


source: Samsung via Engadget

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53 Comments

50. Trex95

Posts: 2397; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

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

51. lonewolf2873

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Like which games can't note 3 run??

52. Trex95

Posts: 2397; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

GTA san Andreas

53. Xander

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

GTA San Andreas runs perfectly smooth on Note 3.

30. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

41. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

48. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

28. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

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

24. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 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?

40. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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

23. victory_zhou

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 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

17. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 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

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

37. box14380

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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11. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

18. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

stupid move by samsung he have to improve battery first

19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsung is a "he"?

25. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

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

43. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 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

45. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 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

8. sckortyman

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 19, 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

7. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 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!

14. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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...

16. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

21. betoxthexking

Posts: 8; Member since: May 10, 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

39. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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

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