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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: 4, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Monday March 08 2021, @06:02PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday March 08 2021, @06:02PM (#1121441) Journal

    FFS, I don't even need that much on a desktop computer.

    An anecdote from my computing past.

    Dear wife saved up enough, and bought herself a pretty sweet computer, with an AMD Athlon XP 1 ghz CPU, and, believe it or not, 256 MB of RAM. At that point in time, it was a modestly high end consumer product. Windows XP ran alright. I did some tweaking on it, starting with Black Viper's tweaking guide, and made it run better. But, it was sluggish.

    My own personal computer at that point in time was a homebrew, sporting a SuperSix mobs, and an AMD 450 mhz mobile CPU. I had just upgraded to a full gig of PC-100 memory. (Memory was still pretty expensive then) Installed Windows XP on one of my hard drives, and performance just blew away that Athlon XP. My machine was responsive, where hers was sluggish, even before I started tweaking Windows.

    Time and time again, I've proven to myself that you can never have too much memory.

    Smartphones? I've never used a "high end" smartphone. Cheap junk has sufficed, and I can't justify paying $1000 for a portable computer/toy. With only a couple apps running, I've watched those cheapos grind to a standstill. Given sufficient memory, I'm convinced that even a cheap phone can perform quite well. Some of them already have impressive CPUs after all, and addon storage space is cheap. Gotta have the memory to run all the crap that people want, or it's all useless.

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