Samsung Electronics Introduces Industry’s First 12nm-Class DDR5 DRAM

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the global leader in advanced memory technology, has announced the development of its 16-gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM using the industry's first 12-nanometer (nm)-class process technology as well as the completion of compatibility testing with AMD.

“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 centres and AI-driven systems.”

“Innovation often requires close collaboration with industry partners to push the bounds of technology,” said Joe Macri, Senior VP, Corporate Fellow and Client, Compute and Graphics CTO at AMD. “We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Samsung, particularly on introducing DDR5 memory products that are optimised and validated on ‘Zen’ platforms.”

This technological leap was made possible by the use of new high-capacity material and proprietary design technology that improves critical circuit characteristics. Using advanced, multi-layer extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, the new DRAM has the highest die density in the industry. This lets wafer productivity go up by 20 per cent.

Samsung's 12nm-class DRAM will help unlock speeds of up to 7.2 gigabits per second (Gbps) by using the latest DDR5 standard. This translates into processing two 30 gigabyte (GB) UHD movies in just one second.

The exceptional speed of the new DRAM is complemented by improved power efficiency. The 12nm-class DRAM uses up to 23% less power than the previous DRAM, making it the best choice for international IT companies that want to run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly way.

As it continues to work with industry partners to speed up the adoption of next-generation computing, Samsung plans to expand its DRAM lineup, which is built on this cutting-edge 12nm-class manufacturing technology, into a wide range of markets starting in 2023.

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Source: Samsung Electronics

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