By Stephen Schenck | June 10, 2013 7:21 PM
Smartphone RAM is a funny thing: for most users, the thought of how much memory their phones have never enters their mind, and it only ever becomes a problem when one day they suddenly don’t have enough – up until that point, though, everything’s gravy. Phones are getting better and better at multitasking, so hitting that limit through regular app use isn’t a big concern, but it can play a role when it comes to compatibility with future platform updates. The day will eventually come when 1GB is seen as the minimum acceptable level, and 2GB will seem less and less like a safe, future-proofed solution. When will we see smartphones with even more RAM? If SK Hynix has its way, we could be looking at 4GB phones within a year.
SK Hynix has a new 1GB LPDDR3 component that’s stackable, reaching a maximum capacity of 4GB in a single package. With a low profile, this chip would be a prime fit for smartphones, giving it an advantage over bulkier 4GB solutions from other memory manufacturers.
This component in particular is already under production in sampling quantities, giving OEMs a head start at building phones around it. SK Hynix plans to ramp things up to full speed closer to the end of the year.