Thursday, July 18th 2019

Samsung Begins Mass Production of Industry's First 12Gb LPDDR5 Mobile DRAM

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 12-gigabit ( Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, which has been optimized for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones. The new mobile memory comes just five months after announcing mass production of the 12 GB LPDDR4X, further reinforcing the company's premium memory lineup. Samsung also plans to start mass producing 12-gigabyte (GB) LPDDR5 packages later this month, each combining eight of the 12 Gb chips, in line with growing demand for higher smartphone performance and capacity from premium smartphone manufacturers.

"With mass production of the 12 Gb LPDDR5 built on Samsung's latest second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) class process, we are thrilled to be supporting the timely launch of 5G flagship smartphones for our customers worldwide," said Jung-bae Lee, executive vice president of DRAM Product & Technology, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung remains committed to rapidly introducing next-generation mobile memory technologies that deliver greater performance and higher capacity, as we continue to aggressively drive growth of the premium memory market."
Thanks to its industry-leading speed and power efficiency, Samsung's new mobile DRAM can enable next-generation flagship smartphones to fully leverage 5G and AI capabilities like ultra-high-definition video recording and machine learning, while greatly extending the battery life.

At a data rate of 5,500 megabits per second (Mb/s), the 12 Gb LPDDR5 is approximately 1.3 times faster than previous mobile memory (LPDDR4X, 4266 Mb/s) that is found in today's high-end smartphones. When made into a 12 GB package, the LPDDR5 is able to transfer 44 GB of data, or about 12 full-HD (3.7 GB-sized) movies, in only a second. The new chip also uses up to 30 percent less power than its predecessor by integrating a new circuit design with enhanced clocking, training and low-power feature that ensures stable performance even when operating at a blazingly fast speed.

In order to manage production capacity with more flexibility, Samsung is considering transferring its 12 Gb LPDDR5 production to its Pyeongtaek (Korea) campus starting next year, depending on demand from global customers. Following its introduction of the 12 Gb LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, Samsung expects to also develop a 16 Gb LPDDR5 next year, to solidify its competitive edge in the global memory market.
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19 Comments on Samsung Begins Mass Production of Industry's First 12Gb LPDDR5 Mobile DRAM

#1
lynx29
Once they realize sales of 5G phones will tank, and its only for niche audience, they can then move production to consumer desktop DDR5 production. It won't take long I suspect. Vast majority of people are fine with 4G LTE
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Vayra86
lynx29, post: 4082960, member: 153071"
Once they realize sales of 5G phones will tank, and its only for niche audience, they can then move production to consumer desktop DDR5 production. It won't take long I suspect. Vast majority of people are fine with 4G LTE
Last I heard 5G was going to change our world completely. Cars will drive themselves, doctors can stay at home and perform surgery from their dinner table, and magical Chinese fairies will wave their magic wands in case of any security problems. Oh, and your phone *might* work in a few more places than it did before; that is, if there is a 5G tower right on top of you.
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#3
R0H1T
Like I said sometime back ~ DDR5 is gonna come to mobiles first, it's amazing how the mobile sector is driving "innovation" in so many areas.
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#4
voltage
its about time. Way to go SAMSUNG! I hope this will be in the S11 next year, if so, ill buy two.
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#5
bug
has been optimized for enabling 5G
How?
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#6
ShurikN
voltage, post: 4083047, member: 173691"
its about time. Way to go SAMSUNG! I hope this will be in the S11 next year, if so, ill buy two.
Better yet, buy 5.
Cause the more you buy......
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#7
Imsochobo
lynx29, post: 4082960, member: 153071"
Once they realize sales of 5G phones will tank, and its only for niche audience, they can then move production to consumer desktop DDR5 production. It won't take long I suspect. Vast majority of people are fine with 4G LTE
5G is not a Niche, 5G is not for everyone either.

It will work wonders in IE new york, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris etc due to congestion.

Where I live it couldn't matter less as the density is too low, but do realize these cities are not a "Niche". In metropol. Tokyo Alone which is a continuous city without stop there is over 10% of the US population.
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#8
bug
Imsochobo, post: 4083102, member: 66457"
5G is not a Niche, 5G is not for everyone either.

It will work wonders in IE new york, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris etc due to congestion.

Where I live it couldn't matter less as the density is too low, but do realize these cities are not a "Niche". In metropol. Tokyo Alone which is a continuous city without stop there is over 10% of the US population.
It's going to need a lot of antennas though, 5G signal is so easily blocked...
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#9
Vayra86
bug, post: 4083103, member: 157434"
It's going to need a lot of antennas though, 5G signal is so easily blocked...
Still getting the slight impression that health risk goalposts are slowly but surely being moved to be fair. Its a matter of time. This is a huge density increase.
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#10
bug
Vayra86, post: 4083148, member: 152404"
Still getting the slight impression that health risk goalposts are slowly but surely being shifted to be fair. Its a matter of time.
I'm not so sure. 5G phones have antennas in each corner because 5G signal does not penetrate your hand. How would that pose a health risk?
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#11
Vayra86
bug, post: 4083149, member: 157434"
I'm not so sure. 5G phones have antennas in each corner because 5G signal does not penetrate your hand. How would that pose a health risk?
Gut feeling, and I know its the worst thing to go on... But we've been surprised before.

Just this morning I was reading the paper, we had a little scandal about the rubber granulate (is that the word) used on soccer fields. Its made out of ground down car tires and is said to pose a health risk. The back and forth is still going and after an official announcement from government saying its fine, now we have credible voices (field experts) saying they most certainly do exceed the norm for children.
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#12
bug
Vayra86, post: 4083151, member: 152404"
Gut feeling, and I know its the worst thing to go on... But we've been surprised before.

Just this morning I was reading the paper, we had a little scandal about the rubber granulate (is that the word) used on soccer fields. Its made out of ground down car tires and is said to pose a health risk. The back and forth is still going and after an official announcement from government saying its fine, now we have credible voices (field experts) saying they most certainly do exceed the norm for children.
Good thing we don't let the children eat the grass on soccer fields then ;)
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#13
zlobby
Vayra86, post: 4082972, member: 152404"
Last I heard 5G was going to change our world completely. Cars will drive themselves, doctors can stay at home and perform surgery from their dinner table, and magical Chinese fairies will wave their magic wands in case of any security problems. Oh, and your phone *might* work in a few more places than it did before; that is, if there is a 5G tower right on top of you.
You are grossly underestimating the potential of technology.

There is nothing unimpressing about 5ms end-2-end RTT and over 1000Mbps in the radio.

All of the prerequisites for greatness are now here. It just needs some time until it reaches wider adoption.

Also, these speeds will allow for crazy wireless broadband. You will no longer need FTTH or similar.
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#14
yotano211
bug, post: 4083169, member: 157434"
Good thing we don't let the children eat the grass on soccer fields then ;)
I dont know but I'm sure some will identity has a cow and start eating the local grass.
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#15
Mamya3084
yotano211, post: 4083490, member: 103073"
I dont know but I'm sure some will identity has a cow and start eating the local grass.
I laughed...then realised people are literally doing this.
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#16
yotano211
Mamya3084, post: 4083587, member: 186201"
I laughed...then realised people are literally doing this.
We all live in a weird world these days, I dont want to say it will get weirder but I know it will.
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#17
Krzych
or about 12 full-HD (3.7 GB-sized) movies, in only a second
I see they have upgraded from 700 MB movies to 3.7 GB movies :D
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#18
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Krzych, post: 4083784, member: 166897"
I see they have upgraded from 700 MB movies to 3.7 GB movies :D
It’s been at least 8 years that I know of. All movies I’ve “seen” ripped to DVD quality digital copies in full HD have been around 4 GB, many even larger.
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#19
Krzych
rtwjunkie, post: 4083897, member: 56774"
It’s been at least 8 years that I know of. All movies I’ve “seen” ripped to DVD quality digital copies in full HD have been around 4 GB, many even larger.
I wasn't serious here, obviously, I was just laughing at this marketing. Good quality FullHD movie has more than 10 GB per hour.
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