Samsung today announced that it has started the mass production of 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM packages for smartphones. The company was the first to start producing 12GB DRAM modules for smartphones in July last year.
The new 16GB LPDDR5 RAM package offers speeds of 5,500Mb/s, up 1.3x from the previously fastest LPDDR4X package. Samsung also says that when compared to an 8GB LPDDR4X package, its newest 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM package offers more than 20% energy savings while providing twice the capacity.
“Samsung has been committed to bringing memory technologies to the cutting edge in allowing consumers to enjoy amazing experiences through their mobile devices. We are excited to stay true to that commitment with our new, top-of-the-line mobile solution for global device manufacturers,” said Cheol Choi, senior vice president of memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. “With the introduction of a new product lineup based on our next-generation process technology later this year, Samsung will be able to fully address future memory demands from global customers.”
The 16GB DRAM package comprises of eight 12Gb chips and four 8Gb chips and will be based on the Korean company's 2nd gen. 10nm fabrication process. The chips are being produced at Samsung's DRAM plant in Pyeongtaek. The company also plans to mass-produce 16GB LPDDR5 products on the third-gen 10nm process from the second half of this year.
While 16GB LPPDR5 DRAM packages are going into mass-production now, do not expect them to start showing up in smartphones before the end of this year or early next year.