Samsung Electronics Develops Industry’s First 12nm-Class DDR5 DRAM

Samsung Electronics Develops Industry’s First 12nm-Class DDR5 DRAM

Samsung’s new DRAM will begin mass production in 2023, and will power the next generation of computers, data centers and AI applications with leading performance and greater power efficiency

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the development of its 16-gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM built using the industry’s first 12-nanometer (nm)-class process technology, as well as completing product evaluation for compatibility with AMD.

“Our 12nm series DRAM will be a key enabler to drive the market-wide adoption of DDR5 DRAM,” said Jooyoung Lee, executive vice president of DRAM product and technology at Samsung Electronics. “With exceptional performance and power efficiency, we expect our new DRAM to serve as the foundation for more sustainable operations in areas such as next-generation computing, data centers and AI-driven systems.”

“Innovation often requires close collaboration with industry partners to push the boundaries of technology,” said Joe Macri, Senior VP, Corporate Fellow and Client, Compute and Graphics CTO at AMD. “We are delighted to partner with Samsung again, especially to launch DDR5 memory products optimized and validated on ‘Zen’ platforms.”


This technological leap was made possible by the use of a new high-k material that increases cell capacitance, and proprietary design technology that improves critical circuit characteristics. Combined with advanced multi-layer extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, the new DRAM features the industry’s highest die density, enabling a 20 percent increase in wafer productivity.

Using the latest DDR5 standard, Samsung’s 12nm-class DRAM will help unlock speeds of up to 7.2 gigabits per second (Gbps). This amounts to processing two 30 gigabyte (GB) UHD movies in just one second.

The new DRAM’s exceptional speed is matched by greater power efficiency. With up to 23 percent less power than the previous DRAM, the 12nm-class DRAM will be an ideal solution for global IT companies pursuing more environmentally friendly operations.

With mass production set to begin in 2023, Samsung plans to expand its DRAM lineup built on this cutting-edge 12nm-class process technology to a wide range of market segments as it continues to work with industry partners to accelerate the rapid expansion of next support. -generation computers.

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