Note 10 may be released with ultrafast 12GB DDR5 memory, Samsung preps 16GB for Note 11

Note 10 may be released with ultrafast 12GB DDR5 memory, Samsung preps 16GB for Note 11

Samsung just took to the airwaves, announcing to the world that it has “begun mass producing the industry’s first 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, which has been optimized for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones.”

Eight of these new generation of RAM modules for mobile devices can be packaged into one 12GB DDR5 RAM stack for flagship phones, and Samsung intends to start doing just that by the end of the month. 

This 12GB LPDDR5 stack will be 30% faster (5500Mb/s vs 4266Mb/s) than the 12GB LPDDR4X that is in, say, the Galaxy S10 5G, and at the same time 30% more power efficient. To achieve this level of frugality and the performance boost, Samsung has integrated the circuit design for more stable performance with the higher clock rates. 
The example it gives is that with the new memory chips, your phone will be able to transfer 44GB of data, or a dozen of 1080p movies per second. That’s certainly very impressive, but we can’t wait to see how it improves the current chokehold in camera performance – 4K video recording. Needless to say, with 5G network speeds and latency comes the need for higher memory throughput, and Samsung just delivered.
When can we see the new 12GB DDR5 chip in a phone? Well, it’s not by accident that Samsung is announcing this a few weeks before the Galaxy Note 10 unveiling, and it also adds that it will expand to 16GB modules next year, just in time for its successor, or, hopefully, for the S11 crop. 
The Note 10 is scheduled to come with a new Exynos 9825 chipset, the first made on the second-gen EUV 7nm process, and if Samsung couples that with the new DDR5 RAM chips, the boost in performance should be quite significant. Here’s a timeline of Samsung’s mobile RAM achievements, with the 16GB unit only a hint for now.

Daniel Petrov

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