Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Samsung readies first 12nm-Class DDR5 DRAM

Samsung Electronics is nearing production of 16-gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM built using the industry’s first 12-nanometer (nm)-class process technology.  Product evaluation has been completed ensuring compatibility with AMD.

Samsung said the development was made possible through the use of a new high-κ material that increases cell capacitance, and proprietary design technology that improves critical circuit characteristics. Combined with advanced, multi-layer extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, the new DRAM features the industry’s highest die density, which enables a 20 percent gain in wafer productivity. 

Samsung’s 12nm-class DRAM will help unlock speeds of up to 7.2 Gbps. The new DRAM consumes up to 23 percent less power than the previous DRAM.

“Our 12nm-range DRAM will be a key enabler in driving market-wide adoption of DDR5 DRAM,” said Jooyoung Lee, Executive Vice President of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics. “With exceptional performance and power efficiency, we expect our new DRAM to serve as the foundation for more sustainable operations in areas such as next-generation computing, data centers and AI-driven systems.”