Samsung has begun manufacturing 14nm DRAM chips using EUV or Extreme Ultraviolet technology. Production of these memory sticks began last year as the South Korean tech giant used EUV to manufactured five-layered DDR5 DRAM. By using the new technology, Samsung has improved performance per layer by 20% and increased efficiency in terms of power consumption by 20%.
It was back in March 2021, when the company launched its first DDR5 DRAM, which consisted of eight layers of 16GB chipsets and had a total capacity of 512 GB. For the newer and better 14nm DDR5 DRAM packages, Samsung will be using eight layers of 24GB chips, resulting in a total of 192GB. These high-performance chips will be used in data centers where heavy infrastructure is required to procure information.
Samsung advanced DRAM has multiple use cases in the data-driven world
Samsung’s new 14nm DRAM will find use in large cloud-based servers and development centers working on artificial intelligence, Big Data processing, and ML processes. Given that Samsung is the largest chip manufacture and it has launched the new and improved DRAM chips, it is looking forward to strengthening its position as the global leader in chip manufacturing.
It is important to note that DDR5 is a relatively newer version of memory chips, taking over from DDR4. The latest technology used in the development of DDR5 chips makes them faster, smaller and more power-efficient. However, according to current market patterns including the demand and supply, DDR5 is estimated to be around 30% expensive than DDR4. As the technology becomes readily available, the prices will gradually come down.
Samsung has been the leader in producing DRAM for three decades, says Jooyung Lee
The Senior Vice President and Head of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics, Jooyoung Lee says that Samsung has been the leader in producing DRAM for almost three decades, and that has been achieved by innovating key technologies and making them better. The DRAM developed using EUV technology is another technological milestone achieved by the company and is not possible with the traditional Argon Fluoride (ArF) process.
Lee also adds that the company will keep on providing the “most differentiated” memory products to address the need for better performance and capacity in the current era of data-driven technology, driven by 5G, artificial intelligence, and the developing concept of metaverse. In the future, Samsung is expected to produce the new chips at a larger scale than it currently is.