SK Hynix recently announced that the company has begun mass production of 24GB LPDDR5X-8500 flash memory chips. These flash chips can be utilized in desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and servers. The primary features are their incredibly high frequency and large density, with a single chip providing 24GB.
What’s humorous is that SK Hynix’s announcement was somewhat of a “cart before the horse” situation. Before the announcement was released, the flash memory chip had already gone into mass production, evidenced by its use in the newly released OnePlus Ace 2 Pro, which employs this 24GB LPDDR5X flash chip.
SK Hynix states that the 24GB LPDDR5X package has an 8500MT/S data transfer rate and a wide 64-bit interface, delivering peak bandwidth of 68GB/S within a low voltage range of 1.01~1.12V. Compared to PC memory sticks, this is equivalent to the bandwidth provided by dual-channel DDR5-4800 memory (76.8GB/S) but consumes much less power.
Although this flash memory chip is currently only used in smartphones, SK Hynix expects it to be implemented in PCs as well, with Mac and Macbook series anticipated to adopt the chip.
But SK Hynix’s ambitions reach even further. They believe that with the rapid advancement of the automotive industry, the 64-bit LPDDR5X-8500’s performance, capacity, and compact form are highly advantageous. Considering modern infotainment systems require high memory and bandwidth, these types of chips will be extremely useful.
In the data center arena, SK Hynix plans to support servers with this chip and even considers its use in high-performance computing. Thus, as time progresses, we may see more and more devices with vast amounts of memory.