Samsung builds 12Gb LPDDR4 RAM chips with its 20-nm process

Samsung has unveiled what it claims are the world's first 12Gb LPDDR4 RAM chips. The more capacious RAM is built on a 20-nm process, and the company claims that it can hit speeds of 4,266 MT/s, a 30% speed improvement over previous 8Gb chips. Power usage is said to be 20% lower when compared to regular DDR4, too.

The new chips make 3GB and 6GB RAM packages possible (using two and four chips, respectively), which Samsung says is another world first. Those 6GB packages will also fit within the same space used by today's 3GB configurations.

The diminutive size makes the modules ideal for applications where space is at a premium. Besides smartphones and tablets, Samsung envisions the new modules inside "ultra-slim PCs," automobiles, and digital appliances.

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