Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of dynamic random access memory, on Friday said it had begun mass producing DDR4 memory, for next-generation enterprise servers in future data centers, using 20nm process technology. The first servers with DDR4 memory modules will become available sometimes in 2014.
Early market availability of the 4Gb DDR4 devices, which are made using 20nm-class process technology, will facilitate demand for 16GB and 32GB memory modules. The 4Gb-based DDR4 has the fastest DRAM data transmission rate of 2667MHz, 25% increase over 20nm-class DDR3, while lowering power consumption by more than 30%. Actual 32GB DDR4 DIMMs will operate at 2133MHz.
Based on Samsung’s 20nm-class DRAM, the world’s highest performing and smallest 4Gb DRAM chip, the company has now developed the industry’s largest lineup of products tailored to applications from servers to mobile devices. This will provide global customers with the widest range of highly advanced low-power, high-performance green memory solutions.
With the introduction of these high-performance, high-density DDR4 modules, Samsung can better support the need for advanced DDR4 in rapidly expanding, large-scale data centers and other enterprise server applications.
In next-generation enterprise servers, the use of higher speed DRAM raises system level performance and lowers overall power consumption significantly. By adopting DDR4 memory technology early, OEMs can minimize operational costs and maximize performance to provide more favorable returns on investments.
Production of Samsung’s 20nm-class 4Gb DDR4 follows the introduction of 50nm-class 2Gb DDR3 in 2008, culminating in a full-fledged transition to DDR4 for large-scale data centers and other enterprise applications in just five years.
“The adoption of ultra-high-speed DDR4 in next-generation server systems this year will initiate a push toward advanced premium memory across the enterprise. After providing cutting-edge performance with our timely supply of 16GB DDR3 earlier this year, we are continuing to extend the premium server market in 2013 and will now focus on higher density and added performance with 32GB DDR4, and contribute to even greater growth of the green IT market in 2014,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president of memory sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics.