Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it's intensifying its efforts to develop and commercialize LPDDR5 RAM chips for mobile devices powered by Android and other operating systems on the market. The news came as part of the announcement that the South Korean tech giant is now mass-producing its second-generation 10nm chips with 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The move that's touted as an industry first is initially expected to benefit desktop computers and laptops that are likely to start utilizing the company's high-speed chips starting next year. The world's smallest 8GB DDR4 RAM chips that can be seen in the image below mark yet another follow-up to Samsung's first DRAM product introduced in early 2016 and the technology they're based on will be used for finalizing the designs of LPDDR5, DDR5, HBM3, and GDDR6 memory standards, Samsung said, suggesting such solutions will also enter into flow production in the near future.
The move marks yet another example of Samsung's efforts to innovate in the industry and permanently make Intel the world's second biggest chipmaker after the Santa Clara, California-based firm lost the title of the largest such company to Samsung earlier this year. The Seoul-based chaebol's semiconductor efforts also extend to flash storage solutions, with Samsung announcing the mass production of the industry's first 512GB chips for mobile devices just earlier this month. Those modules are likely to be commercialized by the company in 2018, with recent rumors suggesting that the most premium variant of the Galaxy S9 Plus may ship with 512GB of storage space, though LPDDR5 technologies aren't expected to become widely available to original equipment manufacturers in time for them to implement such offerings into Android smartphones before 2019.
Should Samsung be able to successfully translate its latest DRAM technology to the mobile segment, consumers can expect performance improvements of approximately 10 percent from LPDDR5 chips as opposed to their direct predecessors. Likewise, such chips should be at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than LPDDR4 modules. Since the mobile equivalent to DDR5 RAM will feature a smaller bit bus, it's expected to be even more efficient than its desktop counterpart. Regarding pure speeds, the jump to the next generation of Samsung's random access memory isn't as significant as the previous one which essentially doubled DDR3 speeds but should still feature data rates of approximately 3,600Mbps per pin as opposed to 3,200Mbps.