Samsung introduces LPDDR5 uMCP that brings flash and RAM on the same chip
Samsung introduced its latest memory solution today, called LPDDR5 UFS based multichip package or uMCP. It integrates LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 NAND flash on a single chip, which promises to deliver flagship performance on a mid-range smartphone.
Samsung’s LPDDR5 uMCP will enable consumers to “enjoy uninterrupted streaming, gaming and mixed reality experiences even in lower-end devices,” said Young-soo Sohn, VP of Memory Product Planning Team at Samsung.
In addition to the smart PR conversation, the chip allows manufacturers to make their phones cheaper and faster due to the simplified internal architecture. Samsung has cited a 50% increase in DRAM performance – from 17 GB / s to 25 GB / s, while the NAND flash performance doubles from 1.5 GB / s to 3 GB / s compared to LPDDR4H-based UFS 2.2 storage.
The chip measures only 11.5 x 13 mm, which gives more space for other inmates. Samsung will be able to customize different capacities based on the manufacturer’s requirements – DRAM can be anywhere between 6 GB and 12 GB, while storage will range from 128 GB to 512 GB.
Tests with several smartphone manufacturers have been completed and Samsung expects to see phones with uMCP already this month.