Samsung has confirmed that it has achieved a transfer speed of 8.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with 14 nanometer (nm) LPDDR5X DRAM on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform, which is likely to be featured in the next Samsung Galaxy S23 series due to be unveiled in 2023 r.
The Korean electronics giant claims this gives it the fastest transfer speeds available in the mobile industry.
DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) is a type of semiconductor memory located close to the processor that can provide faster access to data than compared to storage media such as hard drives and solid state drives (opens in a new tab).
What does this mean for consumers?
Samsung previously claimed its LPDDR5X DRAM, released in November 2021, is intended to help with high-speed data applications including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse.
“The joint validation of 8.5Gbps LPDDR5X DRAM has enabled us to accelerate the availability of this high-speed memory interface across the market by more than a year, a tremendous achievement made possible by our long-standing partnership with Qualcomm Technologies,” said Daniel Lee, Executive Vice President, Planning Team memory products at Samsung Electronics.
“As LPDDR memory expands beyond smartphones to AI and data center applications, close collaboration between memory and SoC vendors becomes even more important,” he added.
The integration will “improve the user experience with new features and improved performance for mobile apps, games, cameras and AI,” noted Ziad Asghar, vice president of product management for Qualcomm.
This is not the first time that Samsung has broken its own record, surpassing the previous maximum transfer speed of 7.5 Gbps, which it achieved in (opens in a new tab)March 2022 (opens in a new tab)
The close ties between the two hardware giants could prove to be beneficial for Samsung. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor remains one of the most popular in the mobile industry, the brand controls about 29% of the mobile processor market, below Mediatek’s 39% share, but well above Apple’s 14%.