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Apple iPhone 6S: LPDDR4 arrives at Apple

As reported by Chipworks last week, the Apple iPhone 6S is using 2GB of LPDDR4 DRAM. This means that Apple is now joining other phones such as the LG Gflex2, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, HTC OneM9, and several others in using LPDDR4 RAM.

The decision to use LPDDR4 appears to be a costly one. reports that LPDDR4 was a significant cost adder to the iPhone6S, raising the cost of DRAM from $4.50 for the 1GB LPDDR3 used in the iPhone 6, up to $16 for the 2GB of LPDDR4 in the iPhone 6S.

I expect the benefit of adding LPDDR4 to be substantial. The LPDDR4 part used is a Micron MT53B256M64D2NL if you read the Chipworks report, an unnamed Samsung part if you read the report or a Samsung K3RG1G10BM-BGCH if you read the iFixit report. A little sleuthing on the Micron website using the FBGA part number decoder and part numbering guide shows this to be a 2-rank LPDDR4 part, 64-bits wide (2 16-bit channels per die) capable of 1600MHz operation (3200MT/s data rate per pin) and a total of 2GB of RAM.

Generally we expect much of the system improvement in the iPhone 6S to come from the doubling of DRAM capacity and the substantially higher memory bandwidth that comes from LPDDR4 that has about 70% more peak bandwidth than the LPDDR3 device it replaces in the iPhone6.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on one…

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