Samsung has announced its first LPDDR5 memory chip. However, our gaming PCs will end up with this speedy memory eventually, Samsung confirm that it developed its first 16Gb DDR5 chip back in February, and now we have a little more idea of what to expect when the time comes. With the increased transfer rate, the new LPDDR5 can send 51.2 gigabytes (GB) of data, or approximately 14 full-HD video files (3.7GB each), in a second.
The memory also makes use of a speed-optimised circuit architecture that verifies and ensures the chip's ultra-high-speed performance. When in "active mode", the new LPDDR5 DRAM will automatically lower its voltage in accordance to different application's operating speed in order to save battery life. A deep sleep mode has also been added to cut the power usage by half of that in the current LPDDR4X DRAM. The new chip sets the stage for the transition to LPDDR5 which is more capable for AI-powered mobile applications.
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Due to take over from DDR4 and offering, as with each successive generation of the Double Data Rate (DDR) memory standard, improved performance, Samsung's new LPDDR5 product is aimed to low-power yet high-performance devices including smartphones, tablets, and embedded systems of the type you might find in self-driving vehicles.
Based on its industry-leading bandwidth and power efficiency, the LPDDR5 will be able to power AI and machine learning applications, and will be UHD-compatible for mobile devices worldwide. That said, the company did mention that it plans to mass produce the aforementioned DRAM, along with its previously announced memory standards (DDR5 and GDDR6) soon. Nearly all high-end phones, mobile devices, and even portable PCs these days use LPDDR4X or even just LPDDR4.