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)

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



1. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think the S5 will bring it. Samsung's R&D is really great.

15. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 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 !!

20. h3nryvn

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

22. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

26. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

2. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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

3. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

4GB of RAM are really necessary?

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

29. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 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.

31. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

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

33. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

36. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

46. wilsong17 unregistered

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

32. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

42. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 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

44. xfire99

Posts: 1204; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

4. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

6. rsan0612

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

27. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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?

49. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 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).

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

47. wilsong17 unregistered

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

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

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

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