Samsung has begun mass production of second generation 10-nanometer DRAM
Samsung has announced that it has began the mass production of the “industry’s first” second-generation of 10-nanometer DRAM. Samsung says that its 8GB DDR4 RAM is the fastest and most energy-efficient chip on the market.
“By developing innovative technologies in DRAM circuit design and process, we have broken through what has been a major barrier for DRAM scalability,” said Samsung’s Gyoyoung Jin. “Through a rapid ramp-up of the 2nd-generation 10nm-class DRAM, we will expand our overall 10nm-class DRAM production more aggressively, in order to accommodate strong market demand and continue to strengthen our business competitiveness.”
The company also says its new chips offer a productivity improvement over its first-generation of DDR4 by a factor of about 30 percent. Additionally, the chip’s performance and energy efficiency have been increased by 10 and 15 percent each. Furthermore, the new DRAM chips are capable of operating at 3,600 megabits per second per pin compared to the 3,200 Mbps that the first generation of chips operated at.
In order to achieve these improvements, Samsung made use of several new techniques including a new data sensing system and an air-spacer which “dramatically decrease parasitic capacitance.”
Samsung says that these various advances have allowed the company to increase its production of second-gen 10nm DRAM chips and plans to use the chips in a wide array of applications such as server hardware, mobile devices, and high-speed GPUs.
Despite Samsung’s announcement regarding mass production of these chips, we have no word on when Samsung plans on releasing the new chips or how much they will cost. That being said, the press release did mention mobile devices so it will be interesting to find out if we ever see this technology applied to their flagship line of smartphones. Though, with the S9 rumored to launch sometime early next year, we expect it will be at least a generation away.
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