Samsung has introduced a new lineup of all-in-one memory packages for smartphones that integrate both DRAM and storage. The latest generation of uMCP devices now feature up to 12 GB of LPDDR4X DRAM as well as NAND flash storage with a UFS 3.0 interface, thus providing high performance memory for mainstream handsets in a cost-effective form-factor.

Samsung’s UFS-based multichip packages (uMCPs) integrate 10 GB or 12 GB of LPDDR4X-4266 memory (made using the company’s 2nd Generation 10nm-class process technology) as well as NAND flash storage featuring a UFS 3.0 interface. Since both new uMCP modules incorporate four DRAM devices, they will allow the latest SoCs with quad-channel LPDDR4X memory controllers to reach up to 34.1 GB/s memory bandwidth. Meanwhile on the NAND side of matters, Samsung's official announcement doesn't list what storage capacities will be available there, but the company has commented that they can provide the uMCPs in a variety of capacities.

Meanwhile, the new uMCP devices are also mechanically compatible with Samsung's previous-generation 8GB uMCPs, utilizing the same 254FBGA package.

Samsung's uMCPs w/ UFS 3.0 Storage
10 GB 2×24 Gb (3 GB) + 2×16 Gb (2 GB) devices eUFS 3.0
12 GB 4×24 Gb (3 GB) devices eUFS 3.0

Today, only high-end smartphones come equipped with 12 GB of LPDDR4X memory, but Samsung expects its new uMCPs to enable upcoming mid-range handsets to feature 10 GB or 12 GB of DRAM. The new uMCP devices are already in mass production, so expect smartphones launching in the coming months to use them.

Samsung did not disclose pricing of its 10 GB uMCP and 12 GB uMCP chips, but expect them to cost in accordance with prices of DRAM and storage.

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  • Infy2 - Thursday, October 24, 2019 - link

    Adding such amounts of RAM to phones seems pointless. I have new phone with 6GB of RAM and it keeps reloading previously opened apps as often my old phone with 2GB did.
  • Raqia - Thursday, October 24, 2019 - link

    The goal of overkill configurations like these might ultimately be DeX like experiences with full desktop OS's from your mobile device. I think Microsoft ported Windows to ARM and is doing a phone of their own (running Android it seems but entirely possible that it can run an instance of Windows in a VM too...) and Apple is breaking legacy compatibility with OS X Catalina to achieve this unified ecosystem in the next few years.
  • ads295 - Friday, October 25, 2019 - link

    I think it's there so that OS developers can push more crap onto the device. Same goes for UFS storage, and higher performance CPUs. After a point they want your device to be able to afford the wasted processing.
  • name99 - Thursday, October 24, 2019 - link

    How does this make sense on performance/energy grounds?
    The whole trick with DRAM is to get it as close to the SoC as possible, with carefully tailored connections. This reduces your RC, meaning higher speed and lower power. But it means all those tricks like PoP packaging (the DRAM chip directly on top of the SoC, with tiny wires connecting the two).

    This looks like something that's worse than soldered connectors, worse even, maybe, than socketed DRAM. Substantially slower and higher power. Who wants that in their phone?

    Am I missing something?
  • scholztec - Friday, October 25, 2019 - link

    +1 for the Animal Farm quote
  • Johnwick01 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    Samsung always invests in innovation and UFS 3.0 is an advanced technology. Samsung will definitely introduce new things in its single-chip umcp. Can I share this useful link to
  • Officesetup01 - Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - link

    UFS 3.0 is a must in phones and increasing RAM will increase the smoothness of the phone. I have also pointed out some important things about RAM and UFS which you can see at
  • sophia421 - Monday, February 24, 2020 - link

    Samsung is a brand and always outrun its competitor by launching a new product and improving the chipset. Can I share this info on-
  • jacksmartin109 - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - link

    Now its time for LPDDR 5 which is the latest and greatest. I hope in next-generation phone Samsung will surely introduce LPDDR 5 RAM.
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