Samsung Electronics (Samsung) announced its latest LPDDR5X DRAM today and is validated to be used on next-generation Snapdragon mobile platforms. It also claims it to be the fastest memory module of its kind, with the capability of reaching up to 8.5Gbps, surpassing its previous feat of 6.4Gbps on the standard.
Some of you may remember when Samsung officially announced its development for its first LPDDR5X last year, which was based on a 14nm, 16-gigabit (Gb) process. Well, this is basically the follow-up to last year’s act.
“The joint validation of 8.5Gbps LPDDR5X DRAM has enabled us to accelerate market-wide availability of this high-speed memory interface by more than a year, which is a tremendous accomplishment made possible through our long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies,” Daniel Lee, Executive Vice President of the Memory Product Planning Team at Samsung Electronics, said. “As LPDDR memory continues to broaden its usage beyond smartphones into AI and data centre applications, strong collaboration between memory and SoC vendors is becoming all the more important. Samsung will continue to actively engage with innovators like Qualcomm Technologies to enhance ecosystem readiness for future LPDDR standards.”
In terms performance, Samsung says that it wants its new LPDDR5X memory be used outside the scope of smartphones and PCs, and into avenues such as high-performance computing (HPC), servers and automobiles, with the latter market having enjoyed a steady increase in the consumption of these products. This is likely due to the fact that automotive brands and makers are realising just how important high-speed and high-bandwidth memory like LPDDR5X RAM is, and how it helps in processing and relaying vehicle data to the screens.
Oddly enough, Samsung’s official announcement of its new LPDDR5X memory doesn’t seem to include specifics, such as whether or not it is using a new process node, the size per module, or when it will be making its debut. One major presumption, however, is that a formal launch of its product will be made during Qualcomm’s annual event later this year.