Wednesday, February 24th 2010

Samsung Expands Green Line-up with Industry’s First Volume 40nm-class 4Gigabit DDR3

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first low-power (green) four gigabit (Gb) DDR3 devices using 40 nanometer (nm) class process technology. The high-density memory is expected to bring significant power savings to data centers, server systems and high-end notebooks.

“When our 40nm-class DDR3 was first introduced last July, we were well ahead of the curve for high density, high performance DDR3,” said Dong-Soo Jun, executive vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Now, in just seven more months, we have introduced an ultra-low power ‘Green Memory’ – the 4Gb DDR3, which is double the density of its predecessor. At a module density of 16-gigabyte (GB), the 4Gb based module can save 35 percent in power consumption, to support customer requirements for more energy-efficient designs.”

Samsung’s 40nm-class Green DDR3 is optimized to enhance energy-efficiency ratings for servers seeking to comply with or exceed new Energy Star power consumption specifications.

Production of the 4Gb DDR3 raises the amount of memory for use in servers to 32Gigabytes (GB) per module, which is twice the maximum density achieved with modules based on 2Gb components.

With the start of volume 4Gb DDR3 production, Samsung plans to migrate more than 90 percent of its DDR DRAM production to 40nm-class process technology, to provide its customers with the most cost-efficient DRAM component available today, at the same time solidifying its market-leading position.

Today, servers are equipped with an average of six registered dual in-line memory module (RDIMMs) sockets per CPU, with which up to a 96GB DRAM capacity can be accommodated. Power consumption varies depending on the component featured. A module based on 60nm-class 1Gb DDR2 components consumes 210W, while a 40nm-class 2Gb DDR3-based module consumes 55W, representing an approximate 75 percent savings. However, the new 40nm-class 4Gb DDR3-based module consumes a mere 36W, which represents about 83 percent savings over the 60nm-class 1Gb DDR2 module. With growing concern about energy costs in data centers, these memory power savings translate into an overall reduction in server power of 10 percent per system.

By applying Samsung’s 40nm 4Gb DDR3-based modules to existing server systems, DRAM density can raised at least two-fold and system life-time can be extended sharply to prolong server life span in reducing new system investment.

The 4Gb DDR3 raises the small outline dual inline memory module (SoDIMM) density to 8GB. This enables a system level density of up to 16GB for two socket modes, or 32GB for four socket models, which is expected to meet much of the growing demand for high-performance notebooks with advanced graphics.

The new 4Gb DDR3 supports both 1.5V and 1.35V specifications. Available memory modules include 16 and 32GB RDIMMs and 8GB SoDIMMs with a 1.6-Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance rate.
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15 Comments on Samsung Expands Green Line-up with Industry’s First Volume 40nm-class 4Gigabit DDR3

#1
Mussels
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32GB memory sticks and no ones excited?
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#2
MN12BIRD
Can my mobo support it? Nope. Do I need it? Nope. I never really get excited over this kind of server or enterprise level hardware.
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#3
zithe
by: Mussels
32GB memory sticks and no ones excited?
They aren't 32GB sticks. They're 8GB sticks. If they were 32gb a stick, we would be raving. =
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#4
MN12BIRD
Well it says 16 and 32GB (not Gb) RDIMM's and 8GB So-DIMM's right? Not that I care now :)
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#5
Mussels
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by: MN12BIRD
Well it says 16 and 32GB (not Gb) RDIMM's and 8GB So-DIMM's right? Not that I care now :)
^ what he said

it DOES say 32GB RDIMMS
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#6
zithe
by: btarunr

The 4Gb DDR3 raises the small outline dual inline memory module (SoDIMM) density to 8GB. This enables a system level density of up to 16GB for two socket modes, or 32GB for four socket models, which is expected to meet much of the growing demand for high-performance notebooks with advanced graphics.
That's where I got it from. I might've misread there.
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#7
Mussels
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ahhhh, i getcha. thats talking SODIMM, laptop modules.
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#8
gumpty
I'll be a happy man when 4GB is the new 1GB, and 8GB is the new 4GB.
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#9
Wshlist
There have been higher density DDR3 sticks around a while, only they cost in the order of $999, so yeah then it's not very practical anymore.
So the q is does this start a new cheaper 4Gb stick era or do we still have to wait as normal consumers?
Not that my 6GB has been a problem so far, but 2GB systems are already starved, and it wasn't so long ago 2GB was plenty, so I fear 6GB will hit a wall too not too long from now
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#10
Wshlist
@gumpty
Is that a joke/sarcasm in your sig. or do you seriously have that slow an upload compared to download?
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#11
gumpty
by: Wshlist
@gumpty
Is that a joke/sarcasm in your sig. or do you seriously have that slow an upload compared to download?
Yes and no. Sadly that is my upload speed - it's a joke. But my actual down speed is about 14mbps - the test stalled halfway through for a few seconds, then when it kicked back in and finished it gave me that result.
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#12
Reefer86
lol sky broadband is one of the worst providers in the UK, there terms and conditions are dam scarey. Also there uptime sucks something rotten.. sorry for going off topic there guys.
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#13
gumpty
Can anyone explain to me why consumer ram has stalled at 2GB dimms for the past couple of years? I guess the switch to DDR3 from DDR2 probably held things up, but what other factors are there? :confused:

OFF TOPIC: Yeah, I am very much not a fan of Sky :banghead:. But I live in a flat with six others and the broadband is part of a package with Sky (which was cheaper than what Virgin could offer), and I'm the only one in the house that uses any serious bandwidth. I'm just thankful that I could talk them into at least getting the quickest broadband that we could get from Sky.
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#14
Mussels
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the reason ram has stalled is 32 bit users. apps just dont use much ram, because 32 bit users limit how much is available... and therefore theres no massive demand for more ram, so prices dont drop and more ram isnt produced in bulk.
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In did. There are 32GB sticks, but I bet they have low freqs and high timings...
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