December 30, 2013
Samsung Announces Ultrafast Smartphone Chip With 4GB RAM
Samsung has announced that it has developed the world’s first 20 nano-level LPDDR4 (Low Power Double Data Rate4) chip, reported ZDnet Korea on Monday. LPDDR4 is the most standardized format for the mobile D RAM, as it features high speed and low voltage.
Samsung developed the chip through a partnership with SK Hynix, and it was reported this week that the LPDDR4 will replace the LPDDR3 format in the mobile D RAM market. The companies were able to combine four of these chips, which would now allow high-end smartphones or tablet devices to be equipped with 4GB of RAM. This is a step up from the 3GB of RAM that are currently in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.
This memory increase will provide performance improvement for faster, more responsive applications. It could also allow for the development of more advanced features as well as for high resolution displays, Samsung says. In addition, the chipset consumes less power than current memory chipsets.
The chipset supports the 3.1 Gbps (gigabit per second) DDR4 standards, which makes it about 50 percent faster than RAM utilized by the previous standard.
This new chip will begin shipping next year and will reportedly be used by large screen smartphones, tablets and even ultra-slim notebooks, reported PC World. Some of the devices will even support 4K or UHD screens, but according to PC World no further details on those devices have been provided.
Samsung is not the only company speeding up its chips. Last month Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 805 'Ultra HD' processor, which was designed to deliver high-quality mobile video, imaging and graphics experiences at Ultra HD (4K) resolution. The Snapdragon 805 runs on four cores at up to 2.5GHz, and according to online reports is expected to be available in commercial devices by the first half of next year.
“Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an UltraHD home theater in your pocket, with 4K video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We’re delivering the mobile industry’s first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our industry leading Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at 4K resolution will finally be possible.”
Samsung’s new chip could give the Snapdragon a serious challenge, and its new chip could be at the heart of the company’s next-generation high-end mobile devices that will likely be unveiled at next week’s International CES trade show in Las Vegas.
Last week Samsung posted a message on its Exynos Twitter account that it was “Flying even higher in 2014,” suggesting that it will unveil the new Exynos technology. Rumors have circulated as to what Samsung might reveal, but the South Korean handset maker had previously confirmed that the Exynos processors will feature 64-bit architecture that is designed to compete with Apple’s A7 Chip.
Samsung had announced that this new CPU was ready for mass production back in October, and this 64-bit Exynos chip is expected to make its official debut with the Galaxy S5 as early as February of next year.