Samsung aims to up memory to 2GB for phones, tablets
Electronics giant announces that an advanced manufacturing process allows it to pack 20 percent thinner memory chips into a 2 gigabyte package.
Ever felt like that game or tabbed-out browser on your phone or tablet could use more memory? Samsung says it has the answer.
The South Korean electronics giant announced today that it has begun making low-power double-data-rate 2 (LPDDR2) memory using 20 nanometer class technology.
Translation: Samsung's most advanced manufacturing process allows it to pack 20 percent thinner memory chips into a 2-gigabyte package.
And that means potentially more large-screen phones and tablets with 2GB of standard system memory instead of the 1GB limit that's prevalent today. And that, in turn, means more DRAM to power memory-hungry games and Web sites.
"As large-screen tablets and smartphones equipped with quad-core CPUs lead rapid growth of the mobile market, there is greater demand for more energy-efficient and higher-capacity memory products that guarantee longer battery life, as well as faster processing speed," Samsung said in a statement.
When is this going to happen? Samsung will ramp up production In the second half of this year with the aim of making it a mainstream product.
The announcement comes a day after Samsung lost $10 billion in market value on the back of awith rival memory chipmaker Elpida, which U.S.-based Micron Technology is trying to purchase.