Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to Pioneer LPDDR6 Support, While Apple Sticks with LPDDR5T

March 14, 2024 – According to a recent report from South Korean media outlet ajunews, Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is set to become the industry’s first flagship chipset to support LPDDR6 memory. Meanwhile, Apple’s A18 Pro chip, expected to be released this year, will adopt the LPDDR5T specification.

The report highlights that the primary factor limiting the deployment of higher-standard LPDDR memory by companies is cost, as it requires foundries to purchase and upgrade their production equipment. As an example, the vivo X100 Pro, which was rumored to feature LPDDR5T last November, ultimately stuck with LPDDR5X due to these cost considerations.

Previously, it was reported that the international semiconductor standards organization (JEDEC) is expected to finalize the LPDDR6 memory specification later this year. Samsung and SK Hynix, two of the world’s leading DRAM manufacturers, are ramping up production of these LPDDR6 modules in preparation for the new standard.

In other related news, the same source indicates that GDDR7 may make its debut in NVIDIA’s upcoming RTX 5000 series and AMD’s RDNA4 GPUs. This new memory technology is expected to offer significant performance improvements over its predecessors, enabling even more powerful and efficient graphics processing capabilities.

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