South Korean Samsung has announced a new 16-gigabit (Gb) Low Power Double Data Rate 5X (LPDDR5X) Dynamic RAM (DRAM), built on 14 nanometer manufacturing nodes. According to Samsung, the new memory chip is designed to provide high-speed data services for 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and metaverse applications.
“In recent years, hyperconnected market segments such as AI, augmented reality (AR) and the metaverse, which rely on extremely fast large-scale data processing, have been rapidly expanding,” said SangJoon Hwang, Senior Vice President and Head of the DRAM Design Team at Samsung Electronics, adding, “Our LPDDR5X will broaden the use of high-performance, low-power memory beyond smartphones and bring new capabilities to AI-based edge applications like servers and even automobiles,” he added.
The new chip is an upgrade to the 8GB LPDDR5 memory modules Samsung had announced back in 2018. The new 16GB models, though, are being marketed on 2021’s tech buzzwords — AI, metaverse et all. The company said that it will begin collaborating with global chipset manufacturers to establish a more viable framework for expanding digital reality products with its new chip, later this year.
In its official release, Samsung claims that the LPDDR5X DRAM will offer data processing speeds of up to 8.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which are over 1.3 times faster than LPDDR5’s 6.4Gbps. In addition, the new chip will enable up to 64 gigabytes (GB) per memory package, accommodating increasing demand for higher-capacity mobile DRAM worldwide, the company claimed.
In its future course of action, Samsung will be broadening its pacesetting mobile DRAM lineup with improvements in performance and power efficiency.