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Samsung develops 8GB RAM chip in time for Galaxy S5


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Samsung LPDDR4

Samsung has announced the development of an 8GB RAM chip for mobile devices, which could lead to its appearance in the Samsung Galaxy S5 in 2014.

The South Korean tech giant is calling the new chip "the industry’s first eight gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4), mobile DRAM."

Thanks to a super-small 20nm fabrication process, Samsung has managed to squeeze a full 1GB into a single die. This makes for the largest density in the DRAM component yet - hence the massive 8GB potential.

Having said that, smartphones exploiting this new standard will likely 'only' offer 4GB of RAM.

This new component has implications for performance as well as capacity. Samsung claims that it’s 50 percent faster than its previous solution, the LPDDR3 currently found in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The LPDDR4 will also consume around 40 percent less power than the previous standard, which should do wonders for battery life. Far more likely, though, is that it will help power even higher resolution mobile displays, and battery life will remain at its current underwhelming level.

Before we get accused of cynicism, check out Samsung’s comments on the application of its new RAM standard:

"With the new chip, Samsung will focus on the premium mobile market including large screen UHD smartphones, tablets and ultra-slim notebooks that offer four times the resolution of full-HD."

It’s looking like 2014 could be the year of the first 4K smartphone - and it could well feature Samsung technology at its core.

Read More: What is 4K?

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December 31, 2013, 4:47 pm

This makes 8GB internal storage look stupid.

Matthew Salmon

December 31, 2013, 5:14 pm

The only point of high res mobile displays is so that you can't see pixelation on the screen when looking at it close up. Its virtually impossible to see pixelation at 720p res on a 5" screen so why on earth do we now need 4k? The best application of fast ram would be to reduce lag and loading times..which would be a good thing!


December 31, 2013, 5:47 pm

investigate GB vs Gb!


December 31, 2013, 8:44 pm

What, on a Phone!!! My PC still only has 4GB DDR2!!!!!


January 2, 2014, 4:46 am

Am I missing something? Doesn't the iPhone come in 16, 32 and 64GB models? Also when you say 8GB RAM chip don't you actually mean 8Gb (8 gigabits = 1 gigabyte) Which is entirely underwhelming.

David Head

January 5, 2014, 1:56 am

iPhones have 1 gig of ram.

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