Ever since Facebook brought up its whole metaverse idea, it’s all the tech world seems to be able to talk about. Samsung, purveyor of all sorts of technology for much of the world, isn’t immune to that, it seems.
The South Korean tech maker has announced its latest set of mobile RAM, its first 14nm LPDDR5X hardware. The company says it is “…designed to drive further growth throughout the high-speed data service applications including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse.”
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Which, apparently, means that the metaverse is coming for us all. In all fairness, the company’s probably just jumping on the buzzword bandwagon so it doesn’t feel left out of the conversation. And Samsung’s memory chips do wind up in all manner of gadgetry, so they’re likely not wrong here either.
If you’re fond of numbers, then the company’s speedy new chips will make you happy. The 16-gigabit slivers of silicon promise speeds of up to 8.5 gigabits per second (Gbps). That’s speedier than plain old LPDDR5’s 6.4Gbps top speed. Its creators also promise the new RAM will be 20% less power-hungry while allowing up to 64GB per memory package. This means that smartphones, already sporting impressive RAM allocations, will get even more memory. And soon.
“In recent years, hyperconnected market segments such as AI, augmented reality (AR) and the metaverse, which rely on extremely fast large-scale data processing, have been rapidly expanding”, said SangJoon Hwang, head of Samsung’s DRAM design team. “Our LPDDR5X will broaden the use of high-performance, low-power memory beyond smartphones and bring new capabilities to AI-based edge applications like servers and even automobiles,” the press release reads.
It’s uncertain when Samsung will roll out its speedy new RAM. Since it’s only meeting with companies later this year to start that ball rolling, it’ll likely be some time. Which might be okay — the metaverse, while an interesting concept, isn’t heading our way any time soon.