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Samsung Announces Fast and Power Efficient DRAM for Smartphones and Tablets

Dec 2 2010, 10:19am CST | by , in News | Hardware & Peripherals

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Samsung Announces Fast and Power Efficient DRAM for Smartphones and Tablets
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New RAM will bring better performance to smartphones

Samsung is huge in the memory market for computers, smartphones, and all sorts of other electronic devices. The company has announced a new type of memory for the mobile device market that not only is green and promises to use less power than existing memory, but offers much more performance as well.

The new DRAM is called the LPDDR2 DRAM and Samsung is offering it in 4Gb flavor. The new memory operates at 1066Mbps speed, which is much, much faster than the 333Mbps and 400Mbps speeds common in memory for devices like this today.

The new DRAM uses 30nm class technology that was developed last month. The new memory will be aimed directly at high-end devices in the smartphone and tablet computer market. Samsung will be sampling new 8Gb chips using a stacked pair of the 4Gb modules and that is expected to be the mainstream density for mobile devices the new DRAM is targeting next year.

“The mobile device market is gaining momentum with the advent of tablet PCs, which is adding significantly to the already surging smartphone segment,” said Jun-Young Jeon, vice president, memory product planning team, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will work closely with mobile device designers to bring high-performance, high-density mobile solutions to market as rapidly as possible.”

To hit 8Gb now the modules required the maker to stack four 2Gb chips. The new larger 4Gb chips will use less power and have a 20% package height reduction. That means that devices can be made thinner and the battery will last longer than devices using the smaller 2Gb chips. Samsung also plans to offer a 16Gb LPDDR2 in 2GB capacity.

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