back to article Samsung reveals buzzword-compliant DRAM ready for 5G, AI, edge, and metaverses

Samsung has revealed a new variety of DRAM, and probably won buzzword bingo for the year 2021 too. The Korean giant has declared its new LPDDR5X DRAM is suitable for 5G, AI, edge computing, AI on the network edge, the metaverse, “and even automobiles.” It also slices, dices, juliennes, and can fix a boat that’s been sawed in …

  1. Dwarf Silver badge


    So it’s not compatible with Windows, Linux and cloud then ?

    Seems like a bit of an oversight.

    FFS marketing types it’s just RAM, give us the data sheet and we will decide what we integrate it with.

  2. da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709

    How is RAM "compatible" with 5G

    I sob when I hear marketing droids talk this nonsense. Too many vendors provide memory clock frequencies and CPU core counts then make some utterly stupid correlation to fitness for designing power stations or modelling a knitting pattern, or indeed using a network signalling standard. Stop it. It makes you look dumb.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: How is RAM "compatible" with 5G

      That title is asking for a Dilbert script.

    2. Def Silver badge

      Re: How is RAM "compatible" with 5G

      To be fair, I'd argue these chips with their 8.5Gbps bandwidth are barely compatible with 5G.

      5G in the millimetre wave bands can theoretically support 4Gbps transfer rates, but that data has to come from somewhere and go somewhere on the other end.

      I will freely admit I have absolutely no clue how cell towers work, but I'm guessing they contain some form of memory for temporary caching and/or buffering, and I assume they support more than two concurrent connections at a time.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Re: How is RAM "compatible" with 5G

        "I will freely admit I have absolutely no clue how cell towers work"

        Bats are involved, apparently.

        1. Def Silver badge

          Re: How is RAM "compatible" with 5G

          Bats are involved, apparently.

          I thought they were heavily unionised in the belfry industry.

  3. Denarius Silver badge

    and the oblig comment

    So possible to get big enough sticks of RAM for Win11 or 12 applications to run at same speed as Word in Win3.1 on a 486DX 66 in 4Mb?

  4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    suitable for 5G, AI, edge computing, AI on the network edge, the metaverse, “and even automobiles.”

    Are they telling me it's no good in a laptop?

  5. nintendoeats Bronze badge

    We sell a device, which I will call a potato in the interest of obscurity.

    The previous version was referred to as a "smart potato", which made sense because it was a potato that could run Windows or Linux onboard.

    The new version, which is essentially the same product with better specs, is a "Deep learning edge IoT device". Evidently the fact that it is a potato is no longer relevent.

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  6. Sparkus Bronze badge

    lifetime r.w cycles?

    system ram at that kind of density really needs to publish it's life-expectancy and median failure rates.

    Could be cheap-as-chips but if it's only good for 18 months, then your shiny new $1000 device (or $2500 premium notebook) becomes a shiny new brick.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: lifetime r.w cycles?

      This isn't NAND. DRAM's read/write cycles are unlimited. The chips themselves may not last forever but the amount of reading and writing has nothing to do with that.

  7. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    5G, AI, edge computing, edge AI, ...

    That's not a convincing list of low power applications. 256 GB of low power DRAM in front of a multi-TB flash array might make a suitable low power edge cache that can be bolted on a 5G mast with passive cooling, assuming 5G edge-anything ever catches on.

  8. anonymous boring coward Silver badge

    I'd like to swap out my 16KB extension module from my Z80 personal computer. Is it compatible with that?

  9. BrowserUk
    Paris Hilton


    If I install some into my Smart, IoT, 5G-enabled, 6G-ready, 64KUHD (64KDCI-compatible), hybrid-cloud centric, ISO-900000003 complient, DevOps-developed, anti-Nazi, anti-Aunty, anti-monarchy, anti-sexist, anti-fatist, Woke-aware, toaster; will it stop it from burning the damn toast?

    If so, I'm gonna fit some into my AI-*, cloud-connected, 15th generation, 0.00002 mWales-sized, WiFi (802.11az(13))-submissive, crowd-funded, meta-social, VR-envisioned fridge and see if it can stop the milk from going off!

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