Samsung recently announced, through its Samsung Tomorrow company blog, that it had developed new 8Gb modules of low power double data rate 4, or LPDDR4 mobile DRAM.
For those of you not up on industry jargon, it means that the company has made new, low-power chips that will let mobile device manufacturers stuff even more RAM into your smartphone, tablet, and Ultrabook.
The new modules are twice as fast as current models, according to Samsung (though given how speedy RAM already is, it’s debatable how much you’ll notice the difference – after integration, the interface should be roughly 50% faster than current best-in-class products), and four of these chips, manufacturered on a process node of somewhere between 20 and 30 nm, means you’ll soon be getting 4GB of RAM into your smartphone.
You might notice some battery savings, though, as the products use up to 40% less energy. Since one of the problems with putting more RAM into mobile devices is the power cost, the new, lower-power chips might push along high-RAM adoption even faster.
Samsung pushed boundaries a bit by putting 3GB of RAM into its high-powered (and huge) Galaxy Note 3 flagship just a few months ago. It plans to provide the new 8Gb chips to OEMs sometime next year.
(Note: we suggested that consumers would see this first in Android smartphones because Apple has been extremely resistant to increase the memory envelope in its devices, and Windows Phone has built a name for itself by running very well on lower-specced hardware).