February 05, 2024 – Samsung is gearing up to unveil a range of cutting-edge memory products at the upcoming 2024 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, according to recent reports.
In addition to the previously announced GDDR7 memory, which is set to make its debut at the High-Density Memory and Interface Conference, the South Korean tech giant is also preparing to launch an ultra-fast DDR5 memory chip. This high-capacity 32Gb DDR5 DRAM has been developed using a 12-nanometer (nm) class process technology, offering twice the capacity of a 16Gb DDR5 DRAM in the same package size.
While Samsung has not divulged much information about the DDR5 chip that will be presented at the conference, it is known that the DDR5 boasts an I/O speed of up to 8000Mbps per pin and utilizes Samsung’s fifth-generation 10nm-class wafer foundry node’s Symmetric-Mosaic architecture, which is tailored specifically for DRAM products.
SangJoon Hwang, Executive Vice President of Memory Product and Technology at Samsung Electronics, commented on the new DDR5 offering when it was first announced in late 2023, saying, “With our 12nm-class 32Gb DRAM, we have acquired a solution that can realize up to 1TB (Terabyte) of DRAM modules, enabling us to ideally meet the growing demand for high-capacity DRAM in the era of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. We will continue to push the limits of memory technology through differentiated processes and design technology development for DRAM solutions.”
Previously, DDR5 128GB DRAM modules manufactured using 16Gb DRAM required a Through-Silicon Via (TSV) process. However, the new 32Gb DRAM allows for the production of 128GB modules without the use of TSV, which Samsung states will result in a reduction of power consumption by approximately 10%. This is a welcome solution for data centers that are currently grappling with the escalating energy demands of AI.
Samsung’s latest DDR5 technology enables the creation of 32GB and 48GB DIMMs at DDR5-8000 speeds in a single-channel configuration, while also supporting 64GB and 96GB DIMMs in a dual-channel setup.