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Samsung Begins to Mass Produce LPDDR2 Memory, Hoping 2GB of RAM Becomes Industry Standard by End of 2013

Detailed in a recent press release from Samsung, the tech-giant has begun heavily producing their LPDDR2 memory for smart devices. With the mass production and roll out, Sammy hopes to have 2GB of RAM the norm in devices by the end of 2013. With the actual LPDD2, devices can remain thin and users wont have to fear of any extra power consumption thanks to the heavy research Samsung has put into the chip.

Yesterday, we mentioned that the Japanese version of the Galaxy SIII would sport 2G of RAM, instead of the normal 1GB smartphone owners are used to seeing. No word as to whether it is this exact chip in that variant, but let’s just cross our fingers that the US can get some 2GB RAM love too this year. 

Samsung Now Producing Industry’s first Highest Density Mobile LPDDR2 Memory, Using 20nm-class Technology 

SEOUL, Korea – May 17, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced today that it has begun producing the industry’s first four gigabit (Gb), low power double-data-rate 2 (LPDDR2) memory using 20 nanometer (nm) class* technology. The mobile DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which went into mass production last month, will help the market to deliver advanced devices that are faster, lighter and provide longer battery life than today’s mobile devices.

“Samsung began expanding the market for 4Gb DRAM last year with the first mass-produced 30nm-class DRAM, and now we are working on capturing most of the advanced memory market with our new 20nm-class 4Gb DRAM,” said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. “In the second half of this year, we expect to strongly increase the portion of 20nm-class DRAM within our overall DRAM output to make the 4Gb DRAM line-up the mainstream product in DRAM production, and therefore keeping the leadership position in the premium market and strengthening the competitive edge.”

As large-screen tablets and smartphones equipped with quad-core CPUs lead rapid growth of the mobile market, there is greater demand for more energy-efficient and higher-capacity memory products that guarantee longer battery life, as well as faster processing speed.

Samsung’s 20nm-class 4Gb mobile DRAM represents the thinnest, highest-density, and highest-performance mobile memory, which enables ultra-slim mobile designs, as well as superior next-generation systems for both mobile manufacturers and enterprise solution providers.

Furthermore, based on the 4Gb components, Samsung can deliver 2-Gigabyte (GB) solutions that boast razor-thin thickness of 0.8 millimeters (mm) , which stack four 4Gb LPDDR2 chips in a single LPDDR2 package. This new package is approximately 20 percent thinner than 2GB packages that stack four 30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 chips. Also, the new 2GB package can process data at up to 1,066 megabits per second (Mbps), while spending the same amount of power as that of a previous 30nm-class 2GB package. Benefits of the new 20nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 will help speed up the growth of the 4Gb DRAM market.

Samsung expects the newly introduced 20nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 will rapidly replace 30nm-class 2Gb-based 1GB LPDDR2 that was in limited supply at the 0.8 mm thickness.

Production of 20nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2 ensures Samsung the widest range of mobile DRAM products in the industry. This follows the company’s previous achievement with 20nm-class DRAM, when it provided the industry’s first 20nm-class 8GB DDR3 modules for notebook PCs in March.

According to IHS iSuppli, shipments of 4Gb LPDDR2 will steadily increase, taking approximately 13 percent of total DRAM shipments in 2012, 49 percent in 2013 and 63 percent in 2014, with 4Gb DRAM becoming the mainstream chip in the DRAM market around the end of 2013.
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For more information about Samsung Green memory, visit www.samsung.com/GreenMemory

Via: Engadget

  • yarrellray

    I will gladly predict that the GALAXY S3 coming to T-mobile will be the ONLY 2gb of ram Galaxy S3 out of all the carriers. They all love to be different tmo will have quadcore/2gb of ram whilw all the other carriers will have dualcore/lte. Tmobile here I come not only for my next nexus but for either the GALAXY NOTE 2 or GALAXY S3 not sure yet. Either way the days of Verizon and this OVERRATED OVERPRICED LTE crap is coming to an end…

  • kdn102

    They’re in trouble! DDR4 is coming VERY soon and it is low power! Soon we will be able to use the same Si in both desktop & mobile devices…about time! Of course, I’m sure someone will comment about the fact that LPDDR3 is on the horizon and even lower power than DDR4. Yeah, it’s possible, but DDR4 > LPDDR2…and they will both be on the market at the same time.

  • Mike

    Score. I’d rather have 2GB of RAM than a quad core, hands down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

    MF’ing yes!

  • CivilDroid

    Doesn’t matter to me. In 2 years when my unlimited data plan is up I’m going back to my OG so it takes as long as possible to have my data limit :)

  • Jeff Tycz

    There is no need for 2GB of ram on a phone!! 1GB is plenty

    • Anonamous393762347035780

      Can’t tell if troll or being sarcastic.

      • Jeff Tycz

        oh you think you need 2GB of ram?

        • Anonamous393762347035780

          Being that the OS keeps every thing loaded in memory. YES. Thanks for clearing that one up Troll.

          • Jeff Tycz

            OS also removes any unused items in memory when it needs to…its not a windows computer

          • Captain_Doug

            Why are you hating on 2gb of ram? Aren’t there more important things to put your foot down about? Besides, technology doesn’t look back, it’ll never stop getting more efficient, cheaper, and powerful. Get on board or get left behind.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Well considering at this very second 505MB of RAM is being used on my phone running Gummy 4.0.4……and im not even playing a game and I only have one tab running in Dolphin HD yes I think we need more than 1GB.

    • http://twitter.com/BarnumDefect Matt Locke

      I remember thinking a similar thing about my Touch Pro 2 that had 288 MB RAM and that phone is only a couple years old.

      • Jeff Tycz

        I would never have though 228 MB would be enough because well its really not a lot at all lol

        • http://twitter.com/BarnumDefect Matt Locke

          They’ll say that when two gigs is the standard as well. Just for fun here’s a quote from the Engadget review of my TP2:

          “… the spec sheet reads like a dream — an expansive 3.6-inch WVGA display, full QWERTY, tilt-up display, all the 3G and WiFi you could ever want, and HTC’s latest and greatest build of TouchFLO 3D constantly working to make sure that WinMo cleans up nice”

          • Jeff Tycz

            what I am trying to get at though is that everyone thinks “OMG more ram = the best!!” when in reality they dont even hit 75% ram usage with 1GB for probably 80% of the people that have a smartphone

          • kixofmyg0t

            I can hit 700MB of RAM usage easily. You do know your phone can play games and run apps right?

          • Jeff Tycz

            yes I am a developer I know what it can do, I also know that the OS removes things from memory that are not being used when it needs to. not trying to be a dick but just saying the OS takes care of a lot of memory things. I too run about 500mb when the phone just sits there but I have never run into a problem where the phone ran out of memory and ran dirt slow with 1GB

          • kixofmyg0t

            Oh I know it can. Such as unload the 3 tabs I had open in Dolphin to view the email from Disqus so everything has to be reloaded when I task switch back. It gets annoying. I have ran into low memory on my tablet a few times. At the very least tablets need more than 1GB.

          • Kyle Fullmer

            This is just an ignorant comment. The way the OS is build it stores as much as it can in memory. Even using just a handful of apps should keep your ram used up. No whether 2GB is really needed to make the phone smoother, well it certainly doesn’t hurt and makes multitasking that much easier.

    • Angryunibrow

      There most certainly is a need, when we start docking our phones into tablets and start using them as mini computers.

    • kixofmyg0t

      1GB is plenty for Gingerbread devices maybe. But im using half that just posting this comment.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Shows what you know.

  • http://www.technocove.com/ AlienSix

    And my laptop is in the corner crying upon hearing this news

    • feztheforeigner

      Mines not cause I can easily expand the memory. 16gbs with the possibility of at at least 32gbs!