SK hynix has officially commenced the commercialization of LPDDR5T (Low Power Double Data Rate 5 Turbo), the world’s fastest mobile DRAM, boasting a remarkable speed of 9.6Gbps. This comes after the initial development of the DRAM, which began in January 2023.
What sets this achievement apart is that SK hynix has received validation confirming the LPDDR5T’s compatibility with Qualcomm Technologies’ latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform, making it the first product of its kind to gain such recognition from Qualcomm.
The “T” in the moniker stands for “Turbo,” and the DRAM operates at a data rate of 9.6 GB/s, which is 13% faster than the previous generation of LPDDR5X, which provides 8.5 GB/s.
SK hynix plans to offer a 16GB-capacity product, achieved by combining multiple individual LPDDR5T chips, resulting in an astounding data processing speed of 77GB per second. This is equivalent to processing 15 Full-HD movies in just one second.
Moreover, the LPDDR5T product excels in power efficiency, operating at the lowest voltage within the range of 1.01 to 1.12V standards set by the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC).
The company has leveraged the HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) process to enhance both speed and power efficiency, positioning the LPDDR5T to capture a significant market share before the introduction of the next-generation LPDDR6.
Through rigorous validation with Qualcomm and other leading mobile Application Processor (AP) providers, SK hynix anticipates a swift adoption of the LPDDR5T.
Regarding the announcement, Ziad Asghar, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said,
Generative AI applications running on our new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 enables exciting new use cases by executing LLMs and LVMs on device with minimal latency and at the lowest power. Our collaboration with SK hynix pairs the fastest mobile memory with our latest Snapdragon mobile platform and delivers amazing on-device, ultra-personalized AI experiences such as AI virtual assistants for smartphone users.
Regarding the announcement, Sungsoo Ryu, head of DRAM Product Planning at SK hynix said,
We are thrilled that we have met our customers’ needs for the ultra-high performance mobile DRAM with the provision of the LPDDR5T. I believe the smartphone functions, backed by excellent DRAM for mobile, should continue to improve. We will continue to work toward strengthening our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the technology in this space.