Samsung Electronics, the largest manufacturer of memory in the world, on Monday announced the industry’s first production of ultra-high-speed 4Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM using 20nm-class process technology.
The 4Gb LPDDR3 can transmit data at up to 2133Mb/s per pin, which is more than double the performance of the preceding memory standard mobile DRAM (LPDDR2) with a data transmission speed of 800Mb/s. Samsung's 20nm-class LPDDR3 mobile DRAM enables seamless display of full HD video on smartphones with five inch-or-larger screens. In comparison to a 30nm-class LPDDR3 DRAM, the new device generates more than a 30% improvement in performance and 20% savings in power consumption.
While mobile gadgets continue to scale down in height, battery packs have been increasing in size. By adopting Samsung's 4Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM, OEMs can have a 2GB package that includes four of Samsung’s new chips in a single package that meets the memory package height of 0.8mm.
The new 4Gb LPDDR3 mobile DRAM enables performance levels comparable to the standard DRAM utilized in personal computers, making it an attractive solution for demanding multimedia-intensive features on next-generation mobile devices such as high-performance smartphones and tablets.
“By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace. Our 20nm-class four gigabit mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president of memory sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics.
Representing a major growth factor in the DRAM market, Samsung plans to increase production of its advanced 20nm-class mobile DRAM later this year, solidifying its competitiveness as a memory industry leader.
According to market research firm, Gartner, the DRAM market is forecast to grow by 13% year-over-year to reach $29.6 billion in 2013, with mobile DRAM to exceed $10 billion in sales, for 35% of the total DRAM market.