Samsung unveils new generation RAM for phone and “metaverse”

Samsung Electronics have announced the development of “the industry’s first 14-nanometer based 16-gigabit Low Power Double Data Rate 5X (LPDDR5X) DRAM,” designed to help devices run faster, for longer, and generally improve performance.

According to Samsung, it will be able to be used in future smart phones, servers and cars, as well as a new digital virtual reality called the “metaverse” although it’s not clear how it could be used in this area.

SangJoon Hwang, Senior Vice President and Head of the DRAM Design Team at Samsung Electronics, commented: “In recent years, hyperconnected market segments such as AI, augmented reality (AR) and the metaverse, which rely on extremely fast large-scale data processing, have been rapidly expanding. Our LPDDR5X will broaden the use of high-performance, low-power memory beyond smartphones and bring new capabilities to AI-based edge applications like servers and even automobiles.”

According to Samsung, the LPDDR5X DRAM will offer data processing speeds of up to 8.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which are over 1.3 times faster than LPDDR5’s 6.4Gbps, the company claims.

Leveraging what the company describes as “the industry’s most advanced 14nm DRAM process technology”, it will also use around 20% less power than LPDDR5 memory, Samsung says. In addition, the 16Gb LPDDR5X chip will enable up to 64 gigabytes (GB) per memory package, accommodating increasing demand for higher-capacity mobile DRAM worldwide.

According to a press release Samsung will begin collaborating with global chipset manufacturers later this year to establish a more viable framework for the expanding world of digital reality, with its LPDDR5X serving as a key part of that foundation.

The company says it will look to broaden its pacesetting mobile DRAM lineup with continuous improvements in performance and power efficiency, while also reinforcing its market leadership with greater manufacturing agility.

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