Samsung's new multichip package brings flagship-level performance to mid-range 5G phones
What you need to know
- Samsung has begun mass producing LPDDR5 UFS-based multichip package (uMCP) for smartphones.
- The package integrates Samsung's fastest LPDDR5 DRAM with UFS 3.1 NAND flash storage.
- Samsung says the package will deliver flagship-grade performance to a broader range of smartphone users.
Samsung has started (opens in new tab) mass production of the industry's first LPDDR5 UFS-based multichip package (uMCP). The new uMCP combines LPDDR5 DRAM with UFS 3.1 NAND storage. It will be available in DRAM capacities ranging from 6GB to 12GB, with storage options from 128GB to 512GB.
Samsung claims this combination will enable users to "immerse themselves in numerous 5G applications that were previously only available on premium flagship models, including advanced photography, graphics-intensive gaming and augmented reality (AR)."
The LPDDR5 interface brings a 50% improvement in DRAM performance over LPDDR4X, while UFS 3.1 doubles NAND flash performance from 1.5 GB/s to 3GB/s over UFS 2.2. Until now, LPDDR5 DRAM has largely been limited to the best Android phones in the flagship segment.
Young-soo Sohn, vice-president of the Memory Product Planning Team at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement:
Besides enabling faster performance, the new uMCP is also said to help improve space efficiency inside smartphones. The package measures only 11.5mm x 13mm, allowing more space for other components such as a larger battery.
Samsung has completed compatibility testing of the new LPDDR5 uMCP with many popular Android OEMs and expects the first devices with the multichip package to arrive later this month. Aside from flagship phones, the uMCP is likely to be used in several upcoming premium mid-rangers as well.
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