Memory set to be used by smartphones and tablet PCs
Samsung released a whole bunch of products for the mobile market not long ago, one of which was a new, small memory module of the LPDDR3 variety, which has a capacity of 4 Gb.Samsung describes its 4 Gb LPDDR3 DRAM as “the industry’s first” monolithic LPDDR3 (low power double-data-rate 3) memory, of that size, using 30 nm class technology for mobile applications.
It should support the strong, 1 GHz or higher processors that have begun to show up in smartphones more and more lately.
The 4 Gb chip will start sampling at some point during the next quarter (Q4 of 2011).
It comes with a data transfer rate of 1,600 Mbps, about 1.5 times faster than the fastest LPDDR2 in existence at the present time (1.066 MHz).
Samsung also made it possible to stack two 4 Gb chips, leading to 1 GB LPDDR3 packages capable of 12.8 GB/s data transmissions.
“Samsung is offering the most advanced green mobile memory solution by developing the industry’s first 30nm-class 4Gb-based LPDDR3 packages,” said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
“Samsung will keep working closely with mobile device designers to deliver high-performance mobile solutions, while expanding the next-generation mobile memory market.”
With the growing popularity of mobile devices, compared to the decline in PC growth, it is believed that LPDDR DRAM will sharply expand in sales starting in 2013.
The fact that Samsung's new chip consumes 20% less power than its predecessor, and that future chips will take performance and efficiency even further, is no doubt meant to ensure that the company maintains and extends its market share in this area.
In fact, the newcomer is also part of the company's strategy meant to bring about the “Smart and Green Experience” promised at the eighth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum, held at the Westin, Taipei.