Samsung Preps Faster, More Efficient RAM
Samsung is ready to put 4GB of high-speed RAM into smartphones. The company today announced it has begun production of 8 gigabit, low power double data rate 4 mobile DRAM based on its 20nm processes. The 8Gb LPDDR4 chip allows smartphone vendors to create RAM modules up to 4GB. Some of today's top phones ship with 3GB of RAM, but use slower technology. According to Samsung, the new chip is twice as fast as the previous LPDDR3-based chips and is more power efficient, too. The modules support input/output data rates of up to 3.2Gbps, which is swift enough to support 4K video recording and playback, and continuous shooting of images exceeding 20 megapixels. Samsung said it is already delivering 2GB and 3GB LPDDR4 modules to some phone makers and it expects to deliver 4GB modules beginning early next year.
Dec 4, 2019
Qualcomm this week launched the "Snapdragon 865 and 765 Modular Platforms", which are pre-engineered and pre-certified circuit boards that include most of the critical components for a high-end 5G phone (or equivalent cellular device.) As phones have become more sophisticated and refined, the costs of developing a competitive high-end phone have become prohibitive for all but the largest companies. This new program from Qualcomm aims to level that playing field for smaller companies.
Dec 2, 2020
Qualcomm today fully announced the Snapdragon 888 chip and provided details on its features and performance. As the company's new top-end chip for phones, the 888 is expected to power many flagship-tier Android phones in 2021, just as its predecessor the 865 powered most Android flagships in 2020.
Dec 5, 2018
Qualcomm today fully revealed the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, its top-tier system-on-a-chip heading into 2019. Qualcomm focus on a number of pillars when developing this SoC, including performance, connectivity, AI, camera, and entertainment.
Aug 13, 2019
Apple has updated Apple Wallet to support additional vendors of systems that power contactless student ID cards, enabling a number of new colleges and universities to roll out support for storing a student ID card in Apple Wallet. The feature lets students use their iPhone or Apple Watch to access campus facilities and pay for meals, laundry, and other purchases where a student ID is accepted as payment.
May 4, 2020
T-Mobile has successfully tested a variety of 5G SA (stand-alone) technologies on a production network, using hardware from multiple vendors on both the network and device ends. The successful tests pave the way for T-Mobile to launch 5G SA later this year.