Samsung to Produce New DRAM Chips Despite of Japan Embargo

Preview of Samsung's upcoming LPDDR5 chips

Even during Japan’s embargo on South Korean goods, Samsung does what it does best: be a leader in the technologies. Samsung announced last Thursday their intention to push through with the mass production of their latest DRAM chips for 5G smartphones. Samsung says that the chips will be the fastest mobile DRAM chips yet.

The new LPDDR5 chips have a capacity of 12 Gigabytes each. It runs on its second generation 10-nanometer (nm) class process. It also boasts an impressive 5.5 Gb/s transfer-rate making it 1.3 faster than the previous LPDDR4X with 4266Mb/s. Samsung mass-produced the LPDDR4X just this February 2019.

Another advantage of the new chip is that it requires 30 percent less power to operate than its LPDDR4X predecessor. According to Samsung’s website, it achieves this by “integrating a new circuit design with enhanced clocking, training and low-power feature that ensures stable performance even when operating at a blazingly fast speed.”

Samsung plans to create packages of 12 Gb DRAM chips, each containing eight of the chips. This will raise the transfer speed of individual chips to 44 Gb/s. With such speed, the device will be fast enough to transfer 12 full-HD movies in just a second.

“With mass production of the 12Gb LPDDR5 built on Samsung’s latest second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) class process, we are thrilled to be supporting the timely launch of 5G flagship smartphones for our customers worldwide,” said Jung-bae Lee on the new technology. Lee is the executive vice president of the DRAM Product & Technology department of Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung remains committed to rapidly introducing next-generation mobile memory technologies that deliver greater performance and higher capacity, as we continue to aggressively drive growth of the premium memory market.”

The promising capabilities of the new DRAM by Samsung have raised anticipation among tech-lovers. However, the recently began trade war between South Korea and Japan placed its development in jeopardy. This problem forced Samsung to plan contingencies to get their needed resources from other countries. The trade war takes its roots from the war crimes committed by Japan against Korean citizens during World War 2.

Featured image grabbed from Samsung website.

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