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Samsung ships DDR3-based modules for servers

Posted: 23 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DDR3 module? servers memory? 2Gbit 50nm?

South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has shipped what it claims is the first high-density memory modules based on 2Gbit, 50nm-class DDR3 memory.

Samsung said it is shipping 18 configurations of its high-density DDR3-based modules designed for servers. The modules include a 16Gbyte registered inline memory module and an 8Gbyte registered dual inline memory module (RDIMM), Samsung said.

Last September, Samsung introduced a 50nm-class 2Gbit DDR3 for PC applications.

The DRAM industry has been mired in a crushing downturn that emerged even before the global economic crisis took hold and exacerbated the problem. Memory chip makers are hoping that DDR3, the third generation of double-data rate synchronous memory, can help to alleviate the problem.

The 16Gbyte high density module operates at 1,066Mbit/s, allowing 192Gbyte of total memory density for a 2-socket CPU server system, Samsung said. The company claims to be the first to offer 16Gbyte RDIMMs operating at 1.35V, providing about 20 percent savings in power consumption over 1.5V DDR3 solutions, it said. The 2Gbit DDR3 consumes at least 40 percent less power than 1Gbit configurations, according to the company.

Citing data from market research firm International Data Corp., Samsung said the global DDR3 market is expected to reach 29 percent of the total DRAM market in 2009 and increase to 75 percent in 2011 (estimated in 1Gbit equivalent units). 2Gbit DDR3 devices are forecast to take 3 percent of the total DDR3 market in 2009, with their share growing to 33 percent in 2011, Samsung said.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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