In the current smartphone battles, especially in the Android world, in the spec list comparison competitions, it’s often the processors that manage to attract all the attention with their cores and such. But RAM is an equally important component of a modern smartphone, one that you only truly appreciate once you try using an Android device from yesteryear sporting just 256 MB of it.
Sure, today 1 GB seems more than enough for a smartphone (perhaps not for a tablet though), but what about tomorrow? Tomorrow when, for example, your favorite phone maker will decide to add new RAM-intensive features to its UI overlay atop Android (cough, HTC, cough)… Well, you’ll need new and faster RAM. And possibly more of it too.
That’s where Samsung steps in. The Korean company has just announced that it has developed LP (Low Power) DDR3, which is expected to become the de facto next generation low power consumption DRAM. LPDDR2 is what’s currently in our top of the line smartphones.
LPDDR3 is twice as fast as that, and it does it all with the exact same power consumption. It’s also backward compatible with LPDDR2. Samsung showed a 4 Gb (which amounts to approximately 512 MB) LPDDR3 module at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, but we’re assuming that bigger capacity chips are in the works too.
This LPDDR3 will be in smartphones later this year, Samsung claims. So 2012 looks like it’s going to be the year of the quad-core smartphone processor as well as the twice-as-fast smartphone RAM. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what 2013 will bring us?
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