Samsung today announced that its No. 2 production line in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, has begun mass production of the industry's first 16Gb LPDDR5 mobile DRAM using EUV technology. The new 16Gb LPDDR5 is based on Samsung's third-generation 10nm (1z) process and has the highest built-in memory performance and largest capacity for mobile products.

Samsung's Pyeongtaek No. 2 production line covers an area of more than 128,900 square meters, equivalent to about 16 football fields, and is by far the world's largest semiconductor production line.

The speed of the new LPDDR5 is 6400Mb/s, which is about 16% faster than the current 12Gb LPDDR5 (5500Mb/s). When made into a 16GB package, LPDDR5 can transmit about 10 5GB full HD movies or 51.2GB of data in one second.

Due to the first commercial use of the 1z process, the new LPDDR5 package is 30% thinner than the previous generation, allowing 5G and multi-camera smartphones and foldable devices to pack more functions into a slim design. 16Gb LPDDR5 only needs 8 chips to build a 16GB package, while the previous generation product based on 1y requires 12 chips (8 12Gb chips and 4 8Gb chips) to provide the same capacity.

By delivering the first 1z-based 16GB LPDDR5 package to global smartphone manufacturers, Samsung plans to further strengthen its position in the flagship mobile device market throughout 2021. Samsung will also extend the use of LPDDR5 products to automotive applications, and provide an extended operating temperature range to meet strict safety and reliability standards in harsh environments.