Samsung intros 4Gbit DRAM, touts memory modules of up to 32GB

By on January 30, 2009, 11:29 AM
Using its 50nm technology, Samsung claims it's made the world’s first 4 gigabit DDR3 DRAM chip, which is double the density of earlier chips and could yield memory modules with up to 32GB capacity. They are also said to consume considerably less power than previous chips, which the company is pitching as a selling point to the enterprise segment saying it will “lead to a reduction in data center costs by requiring fewer machines, improve server time management and increasing overall efficiency.”


A 16GB module, for example, can consume 40% less power using these new chips rather than 2 gigabit versions because the higher density means it uses half the number of chips – 32 versus 64. Samsung's latest development is not targeted at data centers and servers exclusively, as the 4 gigabit chips will also be used to produce 8 GB DIMMs for workstations, desktops and laptops as well. With the majority of the consumer market still using 32-bit systems, however, I wouldn’t expect these massive desktop memory modules to be widely available any time soon.




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Jibberish18 said:
With operating systems such as Windows 7 looking to slim things down, I'm not sure that our future lies in 8 GB Memory modules. I mean I know more RAM is never a bad thing but 2x8GB of RAM is a LOT of RAM.
KingDingDong said:
i agree, but it is pretty cool :)
coldFuSion said:
While it's true the "majority" of the consumer market is still using 32-bit....But I refer you to a previous article that shows the trend toward 64-bit is well on it's way.[url]http://www.techspot.com/news/33310-majority-of-wind
ws-7-installations-to-be-64bit.html[/url]I believe these large modules will quickly become increasingly in demand.or maybe Bill was right all along..."640kb ought to be enough for anybody"
JosVilches said:
[b]Originally posted by coldFuSion:[/b][quote]While it's true the "majority" of the consumer market is still using 32-bit....But I refer you to a previous article that shows the trend toward 64-bit is well on it's way.[url]http://www.techspot.com/news/33310-majority-of-wind
ws-7-installations-to-be-64bit.html[/url]I believe these large modules will quickly become increasingly in demand.[/quote]Yes, I agree that there is an ongoing trend towards 64-bit installations of Windows (finally!) and I'm actually one of those who have already made the switch. However, it will still be a couple of years - if not more - before the "majority" of consumers are actually using 64-bit systems, not to mention such large memory configurations.
Julio said:
Let's also remember that the latest memory configurations (used in Intel's Core i7 platform) are based on triple-channel memory, so rather than one large capacity stick, we are looking to dividing that X amount in three separate modules:[url]http://www.techspot.com/review/124-intel-core-i
-920-940-965/[/url][url]http://www.techspot.com/review/136
gigabyte-ex58-ud4p/[/url]
MichaelLS said:
"Let's also remember...are based on triple-channel memory"i.e. - cost reduction - savings - practical!
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