Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

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  • The new Pyeongtaek line will serve as the key manufacturing hub for the industry’s most advanced semiconductor technologies
  • The company added that the LPDDR5 package is 30 per cent thinner than its predecessor

Samsung Electronics said that its second production line in Pyeongtaek, Korea, has commenced mass production of the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. As per the company, these are built on Samsung’s third-generation 10nm-class (1z) process and it comes with the highest mobile memory performance and largest capacity to enable more consumers to use the full benefits of 5G and AI features in next-generation smartphones.

Jung-bae Lee, executive vice president of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics said, “The 1z-based 16Gb LPDDR5 elevates the industry to a new threshold, overcoming a major developmental hurdle in DRAM scaling at advanced nodes. We will continue to expand our premium DRAM lineup and exceed customer demands, as we lead in growing the overall memory market.”

EUV technology

The new Pyeongtaek line will serve as the key manufacturing hub for the industry’s most advanced semiconductor technologies. It will deliver cutting-edge DRAM followed by next-generation V-NAND and foundry solutions,

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Samsung said that the new 16Gb LPDDR5 is the first memory to be mass produced using EUV technology. It claimed that it will provide the highest speed and largest capacity available in mobile DRAM.

It added, “At 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), the new LPDDR5 is about 16 percent faster than the 12Gb LPDDR5 (5,500Mb/s) found in most of today’s flagship mobile devices. When made into a 16GB package, the LPDDR5 can transfer about 10 5GB-sized full-HD movies, or 51.2GB of data, in one second.”

The company added that the LPDDR5 package is 30 per cent thinner than its predecessor and enables 5G and multi-camera smartphones and foldable devices to pack more functionality into a slim design. The 16Gb LPDDR5 can build a 16GB package with only eight chips, whereas its 1y-based predecessor requires 12 chips (eight 12Gb chips and four 8Gb chips) to provide the same capacity

Samsung plans to further strengthen its presence in the flagship mobile device market throughout 2021. It said that it will also expand the use of its LPDDR5 offerings into automotive applications and offer an extended temperature range to meet strict safety and reliability standards in extreme environments.

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