Samsung unveils next-gen RAM tech for phones, metaverse
South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced a new memory technology in the form of Low Power Double Data Rate 5X or LPDDR5X DRAM designed to drive further growth throughout the high-speed data service applications including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse.
The LPDDR5X is a next-generation mobile DRAM designed to boost speed, capacity and power savings for future 5G applications. In 2018, Samsung delivered the industry's first 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM and now, the company is moving beyond mobile markets with the first 16Gb LPDDR5X DRAM.
"Our LPDDR5X will broaden the use of high-performance, low-power memory beyond smartphones and bring new capabilities to AI-based edge applications like servers and even automobiles," SangJoon Hwang, Senior Vice President and Head of the DRAM Design Team at Samsung Electronics said in a statement.
It will offer data processing speeds of up to 8.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which are over 1.3 times faster than LPDDR5's 6.4Gbps. Leveraging the industry's most advanced 14nm DRAM process technology, it will also use around 20 per cent less power than LPDDR5 memory.
In addition, the 16Gb LPDDR5X chip will enable up to 64 gigabytes (GB) per memory package, accommodating increasing demand for higher-capacity mobile DRAM worldwide.
Later this year, Samsung will begin collaborating with global chipset manufacturers to establish a more viable framework for the expanding world of digital reality, with its LPDDR5X serving as a key part of that foundation.