Samsung Plans to Produce 15nm DRAM Starting From 2017

Omar Sohail
Posted Oct 31, 2016
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There’s no question that Samsung is the world leader in mobile memory chips and is pushing forward to produce smaller and smaller memory chips that will be present in mobile devices and tablets that will sport thinner form factors in the future. According to the latest report, the tech giant plans to start production of 15nm DRAM chips starting from 2017.

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Samsung has already announced mass production of 10nm FinFET SoCs, and alongside this announcement, it also plans on producing and selling smaller memory chips. The advantage of producing smaller memory chips and incorporating them into smartphones is that lesser amount of voltages is required to drive that particular unit, which in the end, will only help to conserve more battery life.

Smartphones, irrespective of their advancements have yet to improve their overall battery life, with the only solution manufacturers are coming up with is to place higher capacities. Though the software does contribute to this in a fair capacity, it is always a better perk to place larger cells inside the device’s housing.

According to IHS statistics, Samsung controlled almost 47 percent of the world’s DRAM market in the second quarter of the year, but many competitors use 20nm DRAM chips as their main product. For its next phase, the company intends to roll out 15 and 16nm memory chips during the second half of next year. Samsung has already announced the first ever 8GB LPDDR4 memory module for smartphones, and it is based on the 10nm architecture. This memory module is expected to power up high-end smartphones since their manufacturing process is an expensive procedure.

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Even after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung was still able to report a profit and that was due to the increase in NAND, DRAM and OLED clients that company has garnered. Analysts report that the company was poised to generate an even larger amount of profit if the Note 7 battery problems didn’t occur in the first place. Though smartphone battery woes are yet to be the least of our worries, it looks like Samsung is working closer to making future devices more efficient.

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