The year 2013 is coming to a close, and many folks are using the time to reflect on some of the exciting milestones that came with it. One such event is the arrival of the first mobile hardware with 3GB of RAM, which included the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition. That's a lot of random access memory for a mobile device, but Samsung is already looking ahead to what's next, and the company recently revealed that it's created a new chip that'll take another big step in mobile.
Samsung announced today that it's created the first 8Gb low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM, which is made using the 20-nanometer class process tech and offers 1GB of memory on a single die. What does all of that mean? A device maker with a desire to produce some beefy hardware could pack four of these little things together to give a smartphone or tablet a total of 4GB RAM.
According to Samsung, these new 8Gb LPDDR4 chips feature a data rate that's double that of the LPDDR3 DRAM that's currently being mass produced. Overall the new DRAM is expected to offer a 50 percent performance boost over its LPDDR3 predecessor while also consuming around 40 percent less energy.
The new 8Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM is aimed at the "premium mobile market," which includes smartphones, tablets and laptops with Ultra HD displays. Samsung expects to make its 8Gb LPDDR4 DRAM available starting in 2014, and while it's obviously too early to begin calling out specific products that'll roll out with 4GB RAM in tow, we'll likely see that bullet point appear on the spec lists of some super high-end smartphones and tablets in the coming year.
Via Samsung Tomorrow