On Tuesday, Samsung Electronics announced they have begun mass production on the first of it’s kind 12 Gb LPDDR4 RAM. The new chips will be on their 20mm manufacturing process and offer 50% greater density than the 8Gb ram that Samsung currently produces.
The 12 Gb RAM allows for higher density PCB layout which increases capacity and reduces power demands. The new chip opens up the possibility that we’ll see more phones and tablets move from 2 and 3 GB of RAM to a new standard of 4 and 6 GB of more power efficient RAM. With this new advancement you can now use 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM in the same amount of space that 3 GB of RAM currently uses.
The new chips will also bring increased speed. There is a 30% increase in speed over the current 8Gb chips that Samsung produces with a per-pin speed of 4266Mbps. Modern phones SoC’s normally have 4 memory dies and 12Gb RAM translate to about 1.5 GB so we’ll be able to see 6 GB of RAM in phones using the same amount of space as currently do.