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Samsung making new mobile device DRAM

Samsung Electronics said yesterday that it has started mass-producing the world’s first 20-nano 6-gigabit DRAM chip exclusive for mobile devices.

According to the leading chipmaker, the 20-nano DRAM chip is 30 percent more productive than previous products and will likely put the company ahead of its competition in the market for mobile devices.

The 20-nano 6-gigabit LPDDR3 mobile DRAM is faster, smaller and thinner than previous chips made by Samsung. It consumes less power and can transfer 2,133 megabits of data per second.

The company will first produce a 3-gigabyte chip that is equally as fast by combining four of the 6-gigabit DRAMs. Samsung’s aim is to install the chips in premium smartphones as an application processor and vertically stacked memory. It also plans to make the 20-nano DRAM for mobile devices in sizes of 8 gigabytes, 6 gigabytes and 4 gigabytes.

“The 20-nano mobile DRAM is the most advanced product that will lead the ever-expanding, high-performance mobile DRAM market,” said Baek Ji-ho, head of Samsung Electronics’ marketing for its computer memory business.

“We will continue to maintain our top business position by providing next-generation solutions that would not only apply in the premium market but also to the entry-level mobile market ahead of our competition.”

The mass production of the new chips comes six months after Samsung became the first company to mass-produce the 20-nano 4-gigabit DDR3 DRAM for computers.

According to a report released last month by market researcher DRAMeXchange, mobile DRAM demand has risen along with sales of Chinese smartphones and the spread of 4G networks, also known as LTE.

Mobile DRAM shipments in the second quarter grew 12 percent over the first quarter.

The report noted that in the third quarter, mobile DRAM output is expected to increase as global demand for smartphones is predicted to expand 13 percent quarter-on-quarter.

The study showed that Korea still holds the largest portion of the mobile DRAM market, at 75.5 percent. The United States is the second-largest market shareholder with 22.6 percent and Taiwan accounts for 2 percent.

As of the second quarter, Samsung held the top spot globally with 45.4 percent of market share. SK Hynix trailed behind with a 30 percent share.

According to the industry, the company’s 20-nano DRAM accounts for 10 percent of its total DRAM production. With the mobile chip added in, 20-nano DRAM production could be raised to 50 percent next year. Currently, 25-nano production accounts for the majority of Samsung’s DRAM.

by LEE HO-JEONG [ojlee82@joongang.co.kr]













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