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posted by martyb on Monday March 08 2021, @04:50PM   Printer-friendly

SK Hynix Commences Mass Production of 18GB LPDDR5 RAM Chips for Smartphones With 6,400Mbps Speeds

Android phone makers will continue to push the limits of hardware specifications, and from the looks of it, SK Hynix will lend out more than just a helping hand. The memory manufacturer today announced that it has started mass production of 18GB LPDDR5 RAM chips for flagship smartphones, meaning that premium handsets touting more memory than notebooks will become a commonplace.

SK Hynix claims that its 18GB LPDDR5 RAM for smartphones can operate up to 6,400Mbps, making it around 20 percent faster than the previous-generation LPDDR5 RAM, which could run up to 5,500Mbps. The manufacturer also mentions that it has supplied ASUS with these DRAM chips for the upcoming ROG Phone 5 flagship. Keep in mind that during a specifications leak, the ROG Phone 5 was spotted with the aforementioned RAM count.

Why does a smartphone need 18 GB of memory instead of the previous 16 GB? From the press release:

"This product will improve the processing speed and image quality by expanding the data temporary storage space, as the capacity increases compared to the previous 16GB product," an official from the company said.

So we will see smartphones with 18 GB of RAM, or perhaps smartphones or laptops with 16/32 GB of error correction code (ECC) LPDDR5 memory.

Also at ZDNet and Guru3D.

Previously: Samsung Begins Mass Producing 12 GB DRAM Packages for Smartphones
Samsung Mass Producing LPDDR5 DRAM (12 Gb x 8 for 12 GB Packages)
Get Ready for Smartphones with 16 GB of RAM
Samsung Announces Mass Production of 16 GB LPDDR5 DRAM Packages


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  • (Score: 2) by fadrian on Monday March 08 2021, @05:49PM (4 children)

    by fadrian (3194) on Monday March 08 2021, @05:49PM (#1121438) Homepage

    ... five blades are better than three.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Tork on Monday March 08 2021, @06:15PM (3 children)

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 08 2021, @06:15PM (#1121446)
    When did we lose our interest in our computing devices having more resources?
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    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 08 2021, @06:49PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 08 2021, @06:49PM (#1121465)

      When we realized todays "programmers" #1. aren't, and #2. DGAF about resource optimization anyway.
      The presentation layer has become sewer-like.
      More RAM is always nice, yes. But if software wasn't garbage nowadays we wouldn't always "need" more.

      • (Score: 2) by Tork on Monday March 08 2021, @07:01PM (1 child)

        by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 08 2021, @07:01PM (#1121473)

        But if software wasn't garbage nowadays we wouldn't always "need" more.

        While I agree with the general gist of what you're saying I do have an issue with this specific remark: Camera upgrades alone are going to drive further memory requirements. Record 4k video, edit it, transcode, etc. Additionally I personally am not dying for more memory on my phone... this is where I am drifting off-topic for just a bit... but on my tablet where I do a lot of painting + layers, well let's just say I know exactly how much memory my tablet has. I don't feel like it'll be long before I start doing some sort of creation on my phone, for example modern phones have a lidar sensor, more ram will always be helpful when using apps that need oodles polygons + textures.

        Again, this is just a small nitpick not intended as a complete rebuttal. The more we can record the more memory we'll need.

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