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Samsung Doubles Memory Capacity Using 4Gb DDR3 Chips

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  1. btarunr

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    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has made a significant advancement in the push for higher volume memory chips by developing the world's first four gigabit (Gb) DDR3 DRAM chip, using 50 nanometer (nm) process technology.

    With more and more data centers seeking a reduction in the number of servers they use, the development of low-power 4Gb DDR3 has become critical in reducing data center costs, improving server time management and increasing overall efficiency.

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    For the new generation of "green" servers, the 4Gb DDR3's high density combined with its lower level of power consumption will not only provide a reduction in electricity bills, but also a cutback in installment fees, maintenance fees and repair fees involving power suppliers and heat-emitting equipment.

    "We have leveraged our strength in innovation to develop the first 4Gb DDR3, in leading the industry to higher DRAM densities," said Kevin Lee, vice president, technical marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "By designing our 4Gb DDR3 using state-of-the-art 50-nm class technology, we are setting the stage for what ultimately will result in significant cost-savings, for servers and for the overall computing market," he added.

    The 4Gb DDR3 can be produced in 16 gigabyte (GB) registered dual in-line memory modules (RDIMM) for servers, as well as 8GB unbuffered DIMM (UDIMM) for workstations and desktop PCs, and 8GB small outline DIMM (SODIMM) for laptops. By applying dual-die package technology, this new device can deliver modules of up to 32GB - offering twice as much capacity as memory modules based on the previous highest chip density of 2Gb.

    Designed to be low-powered, the 4Gb DDR3 DRAM operates at 1.35 volts (V), therein improving its throughput by 20 percent over a 1.5V DDR3. Its maximum speed is 1.6 gigabits per second (Gbps).

    In 16GB module configurations, 4Gb DDR3 can consume 40 percent less power than 2Gb DDR3 because of its higher density and because it uses only half the DRAM (32 vs. 64 chips).

    With an aggressive conversion to 50nm-class production for higher density DDR3, Samsung intends to remain the clear leader in high-volume/high-performance DRAM.

    In September 2008, Samsung announced its development of the world's first 50 nm-class 2Gb DDR3 DRAM. Now, just five months after, it has established the industry's broadest line-up of high-performance DDR3 products using 50 nm-class process technology (4Gb, 2Gb, 1Gb).

    As forecasts have the amount of memory per server doubling every two years, the development of high-density DRAM is expected to keep pace, expanding to other applications such as notebooks and desktop PCs.

    According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), a market research and analysis firm, the worldwide DDR3 DRAM market will account for 29 percent of the total DRAM market in 2009 and 75 percent in 2011. In addition, IDC estimates that 2Gb-or-higher DDR3 DRAM will make up three percent of the total DRAM market in 2009 and 33 percent in 2011 (units in bits).
     
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    Sweet! Hopefully this will drop RAM prices even more!

    It's sad to see the gap between "upper-class" RAM and "lower-class" RAM widen so much though...history repeats itself I guess, right? :p
     
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    Yeah but it seems to be server-only so far. Now we need to see folks at Corsair, G-Skill, OCZ and whatnot doing the same thing.
     
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    Wow, 24gb I7 setup shouldnt be out of ones reach soon.
     
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    I don't know why would you ever need that much RAM but alright >.>'
    Though something like that will be useful when 128-bit processors are out in about a dozen of years from now xD
     
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    A 64-bit processor can theoretically address 16 exabytes of RAM (16,000,000 GB).

    So by the time 64bit is obsolete, 4GB chips will not be really usefull :laugh:
     
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    It doesnt say what is the price
     
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    Thats because they are probably asking for something around the price range of an entire gaming rig.

    Eventually the price will drop. Untill then i will have to make do :|
     
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    Hosting virtual machines such as webapps (think about all the google toys), online browser games, webservers and databases, virtual clients. Pretty much all the stuff that servers are made for. Each instance of an app is allocated a block of physical memory, and shares processing time among the CPU cores. If you're handing out a 512mb block of memory to run a webapp smoothly, it can get eaten up very quickly among even 50 users accessing it (50x512mb = 20GB). Often times, less critical apps are allowed to lag behind in processing time allowing more users to access it. Memory can't be avoided though, and the minimum amount is required. Once you run of out allocated memory, things start to crash and users are denied access.
     
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    'bout time! :)

    This would even allow 24GB on the Blood Rage (3 slots).
     
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    Yup. With this release of new chips, my hopes are up that we'll see 2P Nehalem boards and servers in the near future.
     
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    Xeons just got another die shrink I believe... Same socket and all.
     
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    Hehe, thanks for the info. I never had a server hence I never felt the need for such much memory, at least not as high as 24Gb.
     
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    Looks like it's even coming to laptops! Single 8GB laptop RAM SODIMMs anyone? :D
     
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Says him with 12gb of ram :laugh:
     
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    wow , samsung still no1 rams brand chip
     

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