Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 4 Gigabit LPDDR2 Memory

Samsung has announced that it has begun volume production of its 20 nanometre class Low Power Double-Data-Rate 2 (LPDDR2) memory.

What does that mean? Mainly that smartphone users can soon look forward to 2GB of RAM as a rule, rather than the exception, in cases such as the Japanese Galaxy S III. Most handsets currently sport 1GB.

Samsung notes that using the new technology, it can deliver 2GB solutions with a thickness of just 0.8mm, which is 20 per cent thinner than 2GB solutions which stack four 30nm class 4Gb LPDDR2 chips.

The new 2GB package can process data at 1066 Mbps, Samsung claims, with the same power usage as the previous 30nm class.

Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing, Samsung Electronics, commented: "Samsung began expanding the market for 4Gb DRAM last year with the first mass-produced 30nm-class DRAM, and now we are working on capturing most of the advanced memory market with our new 20nm-class 4Gb DRAM."

"In the second half of this year, we expect to strongly increase the portion of 20nm-class DRAM within our overall DRAM output to make the 4Gb DRAM line-up the mainstream product in DRAM production, and therefore keeping the leadership position in the premium market and strengthening the competitive edge."

IHS iSuppli has estimated that shipments of the new 4 Gigabit LPDDR2 will increase to represent 13 per cent of DRAM shipments this year, and half of shipments in 2013. So next year is really when we can expect 2GB phones to take over.