Samsung Announces New 20nm DRAM Chips
April 30, 2013

Samsung Announces New DRAM Chips

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

We love our mobile devices. We take them with us everywhere and ask them to perform a wide range of tasks. Though we trust our mobile devices to do many of these tasks, we also ask an awful lot of them. For instance, we need them to be fast, but efficient enough to prevent the battery from dying in less than eight hours. One critical component in these mobile devices is the DRAM, the chip that stores our data, documents, files, and what have you. Companies are always trying to strike that perfect balance between power and efficiency, and today Samsung has unveiled their latest attempt to appease the strictest of mobile fans: Smartphone and tablet users.

Samsung´s newest LPDDR3 Mobile DRAM chip is the industry´s first four-gigabit memory chip built on a 20nm-class technology. This chip is built with speed in mind, capable of handling most of the multimedia functionalities of today´s laptops. According to a press statement from Samsung, these new chips can deliver a laptop experience to a more portable device.

"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," said Young-Hyun Jun, an executive vice president with Samsung in the statement.

"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."

Not only can this chip perform on par with today´s laptop chips, Samsung claims it performs twice as well as today´s mobile chips.

One of the biggest benefits to these new chips, says Samsung, is the absolute speed at which it can deliver content to the screen. The new 4Gb LPDDR3 is capable of transmitting data at speeds approaching 2,133 megabits per second per pin. According to ZDNet, this is more than double the performance offered by the previous LPDDR2 chip, which delivered data at 800 Mbps.

In other words, this chip should be capable of pushing along three HD movies totaling 17 gigabytes in just one second.

This transmission of HD movies is something the new chip has been designed to do and do well. As it turns out, Samsung may have pushed themselves into a corner with their ever-growing family of mobile devices, some of which are pushing the five-inch and larger range. This new 20nm-class chip has been built to deliver HD video quickly to these large devices. In addition to delivering speedy video, Samsung says their new chip can also sip 20 percent less power than the previous 30nm-class chip.

This attention to battery life is another key benefit to these new chips, says Samsung. As gadgets generally get smaller, (with the notable exception of Samsung devices) room for the battery grows slimmer. With these new chips, Samsung says OEMs will be able to pack in more memory in the same size as previous chips, all while using less power and allowing the phone or tablet to last even longer.

The Korean company believes in this new chip so much, they´ve said they plan to expand 20nm production later this year to get as many of these chips to as many OEMs as possible.