The Korean tech monster, Samsung has recently declared that its subsequent creation line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, has started large scale manufacturing of the market’s initial 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM. The company’s latest chip will be based on the third-generation 10nm-class (1z) process. It is believed that the company is preparing for the following year’s flagship that will support 5G and will most probably be powered by the new chipset.
Samsung, the world leader in advanced memory technology, will be using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology for the production of these chips. EUV technology uses lasers and light-sensitive chemicals to lodge silicon on the chip. According to Samsung, the technology will help the company to overcome ‘major development hurdles’ while the production of these RAMs.
The company shared the information that the new Pyeongtaek line will serve as the key manufacturing hub for the industry’s most advanced semiconductor technologies, delivering cutting-edge DRAM followed by next-generation V-NAND and foundry solutions, while reinforcing the company’s leadership in the Industry 4.0 era.
Samsung has not only claimed that its new LPDDR5 is about 16% faster than the 12Gb LPDDR5 (5,500Mb/s) found in modern mobile platforms but also stated that it will offer the highest mobile memory performance and the largest 16-gigabit (GB) capacity available in mobile DRAM.
The new LPDDR5 package will also be 30 thinner than its predecessor enabling 5G and multi-camera smartphones as well as foldable devices to pack more functionality into a slim design. The 16Gb LPDDR5 will be able to build a 16GB package using only eight chips, significantly lesser than the predecessor that required 12 chips (eight 12Gb chips and four 8Gb chips) to provide the same capacity.
“The 1z-based 16Gb LPDDR5 elevates the industry to a new threshold, overcoming a major developmental hurdle in DRAM scaling at advanced nodes,” said Jung-bae Lee, executive vice president of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to expand our premium DRAM lineup and exceed customer demands, as we lead in growing the overall memory market.”
Samsung may also have been planning to increase the application range of EUV processes starting with this memory product which will help them to further increase their presence in the flagship mobile market in the future.