Samsung has announced earlier in 2020 that it will employ the third generation of the 10nm-class manufacturing process to produce a significant amount of 16gb LPDDR5 DRAM. A new production line at the Pyeongtaek facility will handle the production for mobile DRAM.
According to high-ranking Samsung employees, the new manufacturing process will remove a significant roadblock in the manufacturing of DRAM and offer the opportunity to make future smartphones even better while also offering more options for smartphone manufacturers.
Faster, smarter, better
The new DRAM, which is manufactured using extreme ultraviolet technology, will offer the highest speed and capacity limits across the industry. It can offer a transfer rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second, and it is 16% faster than the LPDDR5 DRAM found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.
For reference, the 16GB module which uses the new DRAM can reach a transfer speed of 51.2 of data in one second, which is slightly above the capacity of a dual-layer Blu-ray disc. At the same time, the new module is also 30% thinner in comparison to the previous generation, which is a significant space gain.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 (or S30, according to some voices) will be among the first devices that will make use of the new DRAM package. This will give it a substantial edge over the competition, especially if it will become available in January 2021, after it will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress.
As smartphones become faster and more power-efficient, the line between what they and a regular computer can handle continues to blur. Some are confident that the smartphones of the future could match the prowess of a desktop computer at some point, but only time will tell what will happen.
Industry-grade customers will gain access to the new DRAM module in 2021.