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Samsung Manufactures First 2 GB LPDDR3 Memory

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Samsung confirmed that it is now manufacturing 2 GB versions of LPDDR3 memory modules for smartphones and tablets.

The devices follow a memory standard that was finalized by JEDEC last May and specifically targets connected mobile devices running under 4G networks. While LPDDR3 maintains the power saving features and the signaling interface of LPDDR2, it allows for higher clock speeds, low-power self-refresh, and smart array management.

Samsung's modules are manufactured in 30 nm and run at 1600 MHz, which is 50 percent faster than the preceding memory generation. The maximum data transfer rate is 12.8 GB/s to enable playback of full HD video in real time. Current LPDDR2 modules provide 8.5 GB/s bandwidth.

The introduction of LPDDR3 marks a quick transition from the previous LPDDR2 standard for Samsung. The company began producing its first 2 GB LPDDR2 chips in October of 2011.

First smartphones and tablets integrating LPDDR3 should become available in the second half of next year.

 

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    A Bad Day , September 18, 2012 9:47 PM
    blazorthonWhy doesn't one of the memory companies just buy Rambus? They're mobile XDR from several years ago is better than this much newer LPDDR3


    The problem is that none of the fab companies want to manufacture a rival's product. Rambus sued most or all of the big fab companies over RAM patents.
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    back_by_demand , September 18, 2012 10:03 PM
    azraaI hope they do, of course. Apple is key to the success of companies like Samsung. Cutting the supply line, affects the provider as well.Now, let's see how Apple manages to introduce changes to their OS and the way it handles the new memory. And on a personal, mean note, I can already see them failing at making real innovation/breakthroughs, like using this. :x

    You realise of course that Apple contracts for Samsung constitute around $5 billion per year
    ...
    If Samsung told Apple to go fish, such as not letting them have the obviously superior screen for the SGS3 for the iPhone, then their R&D and REAL innovation (not the fluffy fake innovation Apple push) then consumers will buy the better product
    ...
    $5 billion a year more in sales and then can wash Apple from their hands and not have to put up with their bullshit anymore
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    techcurious , September 19, 2012 6:35 AM
    Quote:
    Can apple have some?

    No! :non: 
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    loops , September 18, 2012 9:19 PM
    Can apple have some?
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    blazorthon , September 18, 2012 9:23 PM
    Why doesn't one of the memory companies just buy Rambus? Their mobile XDR from several years ago is better than this much newer LPDDR3 :/ 
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    azraa , September 18, 2012 9:28 PM
    loopsCan apple have some?

    I hope they do, of course. Apple is key to the success of companies like Samsung. Cutting the supply line, affects the provider as well.
    Now, let's see how Apple manages to introduce changes to their OS and the way it handles the new memory. And on a personal, mean note, I can already see them failing at making real innovation/breakthroughs, like using this. :x
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    A Bad Day , September 18, 2012 9:47 PM
    blazorthonWhy doesn't one of the memory companies just buy Rambus? They're mobile XDR from several years ago is better than this much newer LPDDR3


    The problem is that none of the fab companies want to manufacture a rival's product. Rambus sued most or all of the big fab companies over RAM patents.
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    master_chen , September 18, 2012 9:50 PM
    *Looks at the picture*
    And thus, the HAL was born!
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    blazorthon , September 18, 2012 10:00 PM
    A Bad DayThe problem is that none of the fab companies want to manufacture a rival's product. Rambus sued most or all of the big fab companies over RAM patents.


    Why not just them out and fire all the assholes instead of working with them? I realize that Rambus is effectively one of the most hated companies (for good reason), but that's why I suggested buy them out instead of working with them.
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    back_by_demand , September 18, 2012 10:03 PM
    azraaI hope they do, of course. Apple is key to the success of companies like Samsung. Cutting the supply line, affects the provider as well.Now, let's see how Apple manages to introduce changes to their OS and the way it handles the new memory. And on a personal, mean note, I can already see them failing at making real innovation/breakthroughs, like using this. :x

    You realise of course that Apple contracts for Samsung constitute around $5 billion per year
    ...
    If Samsung told Apple to go fish, such as not letting them have the obviously superior screen for the SGS3 for the iPhone, then their R&D and REAL innovation (not the fluffy fake innovation Apple push) then consumers will buy the better product
    ...
    $5 billion a year more in sales and then can wash Apple from their hands and not have to put up with their bullshit anymore
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    razor512 , September 18, 2012 11:03 PM
    While it is great that there is an improvement in RAM, why does that allow for 1080p playback when much slower memory can also handle it? (even a decent system with DDR1 memory can handle 1080p video)
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    blazorthon , September 18, 2012 11:56 PM
    Razor512While it is great that there is an improvement in RAM, why does that allow for 1080p playback when much slower memory can also handle it? (even a decent system with DDR1 memory can handle 1080p video)


    A desktop/laptop also generally has over 10GB/s of memory bandwidth between the CPU and the GPU's total memory bandwidth despite using older tech and any that don't usually also can't play 1080p video very well. That this memory is based on DDR3 isn't what lets it mean that the phone/tablet can run full 1080p video in real time excellently, that it has enough bandwidth for that is what matters.
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    eddieroolz , September 19, 2012 12:54 AM
    Never really followed developments of volatile storage for mobiles, but I think after LPDDR3 there won't be much incentive to improve. Smooth 1080p playback is pretty much the apex of development, no?
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    jazz84 , September 19, 2012 1:22 AM
    eddieroolzNever really followed developments of volatile storage for mobiles, but I think after LPDDR3 there won't be much incentive to improve. Smooth 1080p playback is pretty much the apex of development, no?


    There IS no apex of development.

    Also, read up on 4K.
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    Anonymous , September 19, 2012 2:12 AM
    Black...Square...and has writing on it. They must have copied it from Apple.
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    madjimms , September 19, 2012 2:51 AM
    Razor512While it is great that there is an improvement in RAM, why does that allow for 1080p playback when much slower memory can also handle it? (even a decent system with DDR1 memory can handle 1080p video)

    Because this is RAM for Smartphones, not desktops/laptops. A typical smartphone needs to consume much less energy than a typical desktop, so normal desktop type RAM chips wouldn't be very effective at all.
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    techcurious , September 19, 2012 6:35 AM
    Quote:
    Can apple have some?

    No! :non: 
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    azraa , September 20, 2012 1:26 AM
    back_by_demandYou realise of course that Apple contracts for Samsung constitute around $5 billion per year...If Samsung told Apple to go fish, such as not letting them have the obviously superior screen for the SGS3 for the iPhone, then their R&D and REAL innovation (not the fluffy fake innovation Apple push) then consumers will buy the better product...$5 billion a year more in sales and then can wash Apple from their hands and not have to put up with their bullshit anymore


    I dont know why you replied like this, really. I was stating that they need each other, just like you did.
    Of course I want Apple to get this memory (regardless of how they use it), in that way, the manufacturer grows, which is always good.