Samsung Integrates RAM and Storage Into One Module in its New LPDDR5 uMCP Chip, Allowing More Space Inside Smartphones

Samsung says that the mass production of the integrated modules will begin this month itself.

Samsung uMCP

Samsung has begun mass producing its latest smartphone memory solution – uMCP Modules. The new memory solution from Samsung integrates the latest LPDDR5 DRAM with UFS 3.1 storage flash module together into one module. This will help in saving some space inside the handsets. Samsung claims, it will also enable flagship-level performance in a range of smartphones. The smartphone giant says that the mass production of the integrated modules will begin this month itself. These integrated modules will be deployed in mid to high-range smartphones. Samsung, in its newsroom post, said,

Industry’s first LPDDR5 uMCP to be mass produced and deployed across mid- to high-end smartphones, starting this month.

Samsung uMCP combines LPDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 NAND storage, providing industry’s highest performance, capacity and efficiency to make 5G functionality accessible to many smartphone users

The combination of LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage will help the company deliver lightning-fast speed and high storage capacity at very low power. With the democratization of 5G, this new integrated module will help to keep up with the processing power required for advanced photography, graphics-intensive gaming, and augmented reality (AR).

Samsung says that it manages to achieve flagship-level capabilities with the LPDDR5 DRAM. The LPDDR5 brings over 50% improvement in DRAM performance compared to its predecessor, LPDDR4X. It bumps data transfer speeds to 25GBPS compared to 17GBPS from its predecessor. It also brings 100% improvement in NAND flash performance, from 1.5GB/s to 3GB/s.

The new uMCP developed by Samsung will also help in maximizing space-efficiency within a smartphone. The integrated assembly of DRAM and NAND storage measures just 11.5mm x 13mm, allowing more space for other components. These integrated modules will support 6GB to 12GB RAM, and 128GB, to 512GB storage. Samsung says that it has successfully completed testing the integrated uMCP modules with several smartphone OEMs. The company is expecting integrated uMCP modules-equipped devices to hit markets starting this month itself.

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Arpit grew his liking for gadgets almost a decade back in 2011 while researching for his first smartphone. He started reporting on consumer tech in 2018 and has also worked with FoneArena in the past.