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posted by martyb on Saturday March 16 2019, @11:59PM   Printer-friendly
from the Big-Data-in-a-small-package dept.

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 12 GB LPDDR4X for Smartphones

Samsung announced late on Wednesday that it had started volume production of 12 GB LPDDR4X-4266 memory for high-end smartphones. The chip is currently the highest-density DRAM for mobile applications. The first smartphone to use Samsung's 12 GB LPDDR4X DRAM package will be the company's own Galaxy S10+ handset formally announced last month.

Samsung's 12 GB LPDDR4X package integrates six 16 Gb memory devices featuring a 4266 MT/s data transfer rate at 1.1 Volts and produced using the company's second-generation '10nm-class' process technology (also known as 1y-nm). The 12 GB memory module is 1.1 mm tall, which is a bit higher than standard quad-die LPDDR4X packages (which are thinner than 1 mm), but Samsung has managed to incorporate the device into its latest premium smartphone.

Were the previously announced 12 GB DRAM smartphones using two packages instead of this one thick package?

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday March 17 2019, @02:23AM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Sunday March 17 2019, @02:23AM (#815656) Journal

    Interesting ideas, but it could come down to Android, apps, or extensions just gobbling up all memory available, with some of it being memory leaks.

    Smartphones could be used as a dockable desktop replacement, and Samsung actually has a product for this: Samsung DeX []. I have no idea how many people are actually doing this though.

    We will almost certainly see 16 GB of RAM in a smartphone before 2022, matching what many desktops and laptops have.

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