Samsung's 30nm DDR3 DRAM Chips Tout "Green" Features

Samsung's 30nm DDR3 DRAM Chips Tout "Green" Features

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time we've heard the words "green" and "RAM" used in the same sentence. Frankly, it's kind of hard to believe that memory could actually be friendly to the environment, but when it's the buzzword of the year, major companies have little choice but to throw it in wherever it'll fit. Samsung Electronics has announced today the industry’s first 30-nanometer-class DRAM, which has just successfully completed customer evaluations in two gigabit (Gb) densities.

DDR3 is becoming ever more popular as more and more motherboards opt to support it and these next generation platforms, and Samsung claims that their "30nm-class process technology will provide the most advanced low-power DDR3 available today and therein the most efficient DRAM solutions anywhere for the introduction of consumer electronics devices and server systems." We guess that's the "green" part. All kidding aside, we actually are thrilled to hear that RAM is coming out that'll require less voltage to operate, and this 30nm-class 2Gb DRAM is said to reduce power consumption by up to 30% over similar 50nm-class DRAM. A 4-Gigabyte (GB), 30nm module when used in a new-generation notebook will consume only three watts per hour, which is just three percent of the total power usage of a notebook.



Currently, the company is hoping to have the new module in mass production by the second half of this year, where it will be used in a wide range of gear from servers to notebooks, desktops, and future versions of netbooks and mobile devices.
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Well tha would almost be default wouldn't it DDR 3 already uses less energy than DDR2 when you shrink it then it uses even less.

If I wanted to study chip, gpu, and memory design where would I start? I guess I should ask Dave he would know I bet.

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Wow this specific memory energy usage is way low. That equals added operational time on battery power for laptops. if they use it in the GPU it is even better, nice.

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Less power should mean higher performance too. I'm all for it.

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Exactly I think this year will be even more interesting with lower power requirements as you mention neil also comes lower temps therefore higher OC capabilities in most if not all. Graphics is going to go nuts I think Intel is putting out the 6 and 8 core's I believe, I bet AMD may to at least on the 6 core. If they "AMD" could ramp up the bulldozer R&D they could closely match if not beet Intel to market with it. I don't know and somewhat doubt they will, but it would bring them back to current against Intel if they did. Plus from what I heard they had an extra billion or so they got from a court case which could be used for it.

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3 Watts per hour does not make sense. Watts are units of power, and power is energy per time unit. So you could say it uses 3 Watts. Or 3 Joules per hour.

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Ooops, should have said 3 Joules per second.

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With all the hardware shrinkage with RAM, SSD, even Processors will give us great Power without using much power.

Now if all that hardware would drop in price we would all be rocking some killer PCs.

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I think the performance vs price outlook on the market has changed significantly in a lot of ways Bighorse. Like others jwilliams directly commented 3 joules per second is a significant change. It makes me think how low can they go. To enhance this would put it at 2 or even 1 joule a second that's crazy. This is operating on next to nothing with this development. I am wondering if they will go to DDR4 next or DDR5 as well. I don't ever see anything on DDR4 in a development focus, but I have seen it on DDR5. Either way this applies across the board to in many ways. The current movement in the tablet and the segment as well as the further down scaling in size therefore capacity in some areas and energy usage looks very promising to me. Think about a tablet with a cpu that operates at UL top end levels with memory and an SSD impacted by this and you have a very attractive package. Not to mention Symbian and all the others working on things like snapdragon and Nvidia on Tesla2 etc. Fully operational computers in a 10 x 6 package is very visible if not rumored and introduced for release right now!

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