News – Samsung Edges Nearer DDR5 DRAM With Announcement of First 8Gb LPDDR5 Memory
Samsung has announced its first DDR5 memory chip, although the technology is still a fair way from coming to store shelves. The Samsung 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM is specifically engineered for low-power usage, making it an excellent fit for 5G and AI-powered mobile applications, but it’s not quite the full-fat DDR5 DRAM we’re after for desktop applications.
The Samsung 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM is manufactured using the 10nm fabrication process and will be the first DDR5 memory to emerge from Samsung. The Korean tech giant’s LPDDR4 memory began mass production in 2014 and the first desktop-class DDR4 modules were widely available within a year.
8Gb LPDDR5 boasts a data rate of 6,400Mb/s, roughly 50% faster than the current fastest mobile DRAM chips. Samsung’s LPDDR4X runs at 4,266Mb/s. It means the LPDDR5 memory can hit a transfer rate of 51.2GB/s. That’s fast enough to transfer the entirety of Assassin’s Creed Origins every second, with room to spare. In addition to the speed, architectural improvements have allowed Samsung to double the number of memory banks from eight to 16, achieving faster speed while reducing power consumption.
“This development of 8Gb LPDDR5 represents a major step forward for low-power mobile memory solutions,” said Jinman Han, senior vice president of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to expand our next-generation 10nm-class DRAM lineup as we accelerate the move toward greater use of premium memory across the global landscape.”
For now then, this new, speedier and more power efficient memory is targeted at mobiles only, but eventually, we’ll be able to take advantage of this emerging technology on our desktop PCs. Samsung has already announced that a 16Gb DDR5 DRAM module was prototyped in February and we’d certainly expect to begin hearing murmurs of desktop DDR5 within the next year or so.