Going green with Samsung’s latest memory
It is encouraging to see that more and more companies are taking up their social responsibility by ensuring the process of manufacturing their products would not harm the environment (and eventually us humans) in a detrimental manner, with Samsung being one of them. Samsung’s participation in this effort is crucial considering the size of their organization and proliferation of products across many countries in nearly all aspects of life. Well, their latest efforts (by Samsung Electronics) would be the industry’s first 30-nanometer-class DRAM which comes in two gigabit (Gb) densities, and not only that, it is the most advanced green DDR3 DRAM at point of publishing which utilizes 30nm-class technology.
After all, this move makes perfect sense with DDR3 SDRAM being the predominant main memory this quarter, and Samsung’s aggressive advancement in process technology has paid off in the form of raise productivity and an expedited dissemination of high performance, 1.5V and 1.35V DDR3 for a wide range of computers ranging from servers to desktop PCs and notebooks.
For those who love statistics, you will be pleased to know that the impact on our environment is lessened thanks to the 30nm-class process that, when applied to DDR3 mass production, is capable of raising productivity by up to 60% compared to 40nm-class DDR3. This basically doubles production cost-efficiency compared to DRAM produced using the now more ancient 50nm to 60nm-class technology.
Apart from that, the new 30nm-class 2Gb, Green DRAM is capable of reducing power consumption by up to 30% in comparison to 50nm-class DRAM. When a 4GB, 30nm module sees action in a new-generation notebook, it will only sip a mere 3W/hour, which is just 3% of the total power usage of a notebook in the same time frame. Not only servers and notebooks will be able to use the new DDR3 memory, as it can also see action in future versions of netbooks and mobile devices as well. Expect mass production of the new 30nm-class DDR3 memory to commend in the second half of 2010.