Samsung intros Mobile DRAM with Wide I/O Interface for smartphones and tablet PCs

Samsung intros Mobile DRAM with Wide I/O Interface for smartphones and tablet PCs
Samsung has introduced the development of a new mobile DRAM with a wide I/O interface, using 50 nanometer class* process technology that will be used in mobile applications, such as smartphones and tablet PCs. The new 1Gb wide I/O mobile DRAM can transmit data at 12.8 gigabyte (GB) per second, which increases the bandwidth of mobile DDR DRAM (1.6GB/s) eightfold, while reducing power consumption by approximately 87 percent. The bandwidth is also four times that of LPDDR2 DRAM (which is approximately 3.2GB/s).

To boost data transmission, Samsung’s wide I/O DRAM uses 512 pins for data input and output compared to the previous generation of mobile DRAMs, which used a maximum of 32 pins. If you include the pins that are involved in sending commands and regulating power supply, a single Samsung wide I/O DRAM is designed to accommodate approximately 1,200 pins.

Following this wide I/O DRAM launch, Samsung is aiming to provide 20nm-class* 4Gb wide I/O mobile DRAM sometime in 2013. The company’s recent achievements in mobile DRAM include introducing the first 50nm-class 1Gb LPDDR2 DRAM in 2009 and the first 40nm-class* 2Gb LPDDR2 in 2010.

Samsung will present a paper related to wide I/O DRAM technology at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) being held from February 20 to 24 in San Francisco. According to iSuppli, mobile DRAM’s percentage of total annual DRAM shipments will increase from about 11.1 percent in 2010 to 16.5 percent in 2014.

For more information about Samsung Green memory, visit www.samsung.com/GreenMemory

(* 50nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 50 and 59 nanometers, 40nm-class means a process technology node somewhere between 40 and 49 nanometers and 20nm class means one somewhere between 20 and 29 nanometers.)
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