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Samsung announces first 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM for 5G and AI-powered mobile apps

Samsung has announced that it has developed the industry’s first 10nm-class 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM. The new hardware succeeds the 8GB LPDDR4 hardware that entered mass production in 2014. The new chip sets the stage for the transition to LPDDR5 which is more capable for AI-powered mobile applications. It joins the 10nm-class 16GB GDDR6 DRAM (December 2017), and 16GB DDR5 DRAM (February 2018) premium lineup.

Speaking on the development, Jinman Han, Senior VP of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics, said:

“This development of 8Gb LPDDR5 represents a major step forward for low-power mobile memory solutions. We will continue to expand our next-generation 10nm-class DRAM lineup as we accelerate the move toward greater use of premium memory across the global landscape.”

The new hardware has a data rate of 6,400 Mb/s, which is 1.5x faster than mobile DRAM chips used in today’s flagship mobile devices. As an example of its speed, it can transfer 51.2GB or 14 full-HD video files in a just one second. These speed improvements also come with a reduced amount of power consumption.

According to Samsung, the new hardware has been engineered to lower its voltage “in accordance with the operating speed of the corresponding application processor, when in active mode.” A deep sleep mode has also been added to cut the power usage by half of that in the current LPDDR4X DRAM.

Overall, devices with these chips will see a speed boost and power consumption reductions of up to 30 percent meaning your battery life will go further. Samsung is yet to announce mass production of the memory chips.

Let us know in the comments if you’re excited to get your hands on a device sporting this hardware.

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