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Micron delivers a new low-power DDR5 DRAM for smartphones

Published: 6 February 2020 - Christian Lynn

Micron Technology has shipped its low-power DDR5 DRAM, in mass production, to be used in the soon-to-be-released Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone. As Xiaomi’s memory technology partner, Micron provides the LPDDR5 DRAM with efficient power and faster data access speeds to meet growing consumer demand for artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G functionality in smartphones.

“Micron’s DDR5 DRAM will look to accelerate enablement of big technologies and trends like AI,” said Dr. Raj Talluri, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Business Unit at Micron: “Our customers and partners require next-generation memory solutions, based on the latest process technology, that drive power and performance to support 5G and AI systems. Micron’s LPDDR5 DRAM addresses those requirements with a 50 per cent increase in data access speeds and more than 20 per cent power efficiency compared to previous generations.”

"We value Micron's long-standing developments in memory,” said Chang Cheng, vice president at Xiaomi Group: “Micron's LPDDR5 DRAM's features ensure our Xiaomi Mi 10 smartphone will remain power-efficient, while still offering strong performance and greater stability. We believe LPDDR5 will be the standard configuration for all flagship devices in 2020."

Micron is shipping LPDDR5 to customers in capacities of 6GB, 8GB and 12GB, and at data speeds of 5.5Gbps and 6.4Gbps. In the first half of calendar 2020, Micron LPDDR5 will also be available in a UFS-based multichip package (uMCP5) for use in mid- and high-tier smartphones. The LPDDR5, in a multichip package, will also provide longer battery life and higher bandwidth to enable high-performance image processing that was previously reserved for flagship smartphones.

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