Samsung Electronics has kicked off mass production of the 12nm-class DDR DRAM based on the industry’s most advanced technology. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Tech giant rolling out most advanced DRAMs

Samsung Electronics announced on May 18 that it had started the mass production of 16-gigabit DDR5 DRAM based on the industry’s most advanced 12 nanometer-class process technology.

A nanometer refers to one billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is around 100,000 nanometers thick. Put otherwise, human fingernail grows 12 nanometers in some 12 seconds.

Compared to the previous generation, Samsung noted that its new product was designed to reduce power consumption by up to 23 percent while enhancing wafer productivity by 20 percent.

The tech giant expected that its power efficiency would offer solutions to global info-tech companies wanting to cut down on the energy consumption and carbon footprint of their servers or data centers.

The Seoul-based company also expected that the memory chips would also be used for artificial intelligence and next-generation computing thanks to its fast processing capacity.

Its maximum speed of 7.2 gigabits per second would be fast enough to process two 30-gigabyte ultra-high-definition movies in a second, according to Samsung.

“Our latest DRAM reflects our continued commitment to leading the DRAM market, not only with high-performance and high-capacity products that meet computing market demand for large-scale processing but also by commercializing next-generation solutions that support greater productivity,” Samsung Executive Vice President Lee Joo-young said.

Experts point out that global powerhouses are competing to come up with technologies based on higher-end processes.

“Global DRAM makers have put forth efforts to develop more advanced technologies. In one of two years, the 10-nanometer bottleneck in the DRAM process may be broken in terms of mass production,” Prof. Choi Byoung-deog at Sungkyunkwan University said.