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.