Samsung intros 30nm, low-power DDR3 memory

By on February 1, 2010, 6:49 PM
Samsung's 30nm DDR3 DRAM chips have successfully completed customer evaluation and will enter mass production in the second half of this year -- before rivals. PCWorld reports that while IM Flash Technologies, owned by Micron and Intel, is ahead of Samsung with 25nm technology for flash memory, the company doesn't make DRAM.

The Korean electronics maker says its latest 2Gb (256MB) DDR3 chips consume 30% less power than 50nm parts, and can be produced at more than double the cost-efficiency. The 30nm technology also boosts productivity by 60% over 40nm DDR3 chips. The new chips run at 1.35V or 1.5V, and in a typical notebook, a 4GB DDR3 module is said to consume only three watts per hour.

This announcement comes a few months after Samsung revealed the world's thinnest multi-chip memory package. Measuring a mere 0.6mm in height, the package contains eight 30nm 32Gb NAND flash chips (32GB in total).

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dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Something tells me that DDR2 is going to get mighty expensive from here on out.

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

I haven't checked in a while but I recall it being pricier than DDR3 for a bit late last year.

alexandrionel said:

"can be produced at more than double the cost-efficiency"

That means cheaper memories, right?


It will be exactly as it was with ddr1 after ddr2 appeared.

A little more than one year ago a 1 gb ddr1 module was twice the price of a 1 gb ddr2 module.

Here in Romania, ddr3 is still more expensive than ddr2. Not by much, but a bit more expensive.

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Cheaper to produce, supposedly, yes. Whether or not that is passed on to the consumer is another story .

alexandrionel said:

Maybe we won't see a price drop in a week or two but I am sure that prices will continue to decline.

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