Back in December 2014, Samsung rolled out its 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM package, enabling smartphones to have 4GB of RAM. The company has now announced the industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM module aimed at high-end mobile phones, ultra-thin notebooks, and tablets.
The DRAM module is manufactured using a 10nm process, and sees four 16 gigabit (2GB) LPDDR4 memory chips stacked to create an 8GB module. The memory operates at up to 4266Mbps, which when transmitted over a 64-bit memory bus leads to a throughput of over 34GB/s. Thanks to the efficient manufacturing process, the 8GB module draws the same amount of power as its older 4GB counterpart, which was built on a 20nm node.
From Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of Memory Sales and Marketing at Samsung:
The advent of our powerful 8GB mobile DRAM solution will enable more capable next-generation, flagship mobile devices around the world. We will continue to provide advanced memory solutions offering the highest values and leading-edge benefits to meet the escalating needs of devices having dual camera, 4K UHD and VR features.
No word on when we'll see the new DRAM in consumer hardware, but with the Galaxy S8 looming, it's entirely possible that we won't have to wait long to see 8GB of RAM on phones.