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Cheaper 4GB modules on the horizon?

Samsung has announced it will be mass-producing 80nm 1Gbit DDR2 memory chips. Current 1Gbit memory chips are produced on a 90nm fabrication process and about 11x18mm in size.

New 80nm 1Gbit memory chips will be 11x11.5mm and will have a physical package nearly the same size as 512Mbit 90nm chips. In addition to the smaller size the 80nm 1Gbit memory chips will also be cheaper to manufacturer, thus lowering overall costs for 2GB and 4GB DDR2 modules. 1Gbit modules are typically arranged in kits of 16 pieces on a single PCB to give us 2GB memory DIMMs.

As memory requirements grow, Samsung expects “global DRAM market is worth US$28.7 billion this year and predicted that will rise to US$37.8 billion by 2008. The 1Gb DRAM currently represents 8% of total market share, but is expected make up 36% of all DRAM sold in 2008. “

It is unknown how long it will take memory manufacturers to start releasing 80nm 1Gbit memory equipped modules, though demand might not be high enough till Microsoft releases Windows Vista. Samsung spoke with DailyTech earlier this year about the increasing demand of memory by the operationg system, especially with Vista in 2007.  With the median system memory amount on the rise, it isn't too outlandish to expect all new systems to push 1GB and 2GB of on-board memory by this time next year.



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I'm waiting for the 2 gig sticks
By PAPutzback on 8/29/2006 8:46:41 AM , Rating: 2
I love my Virtual PCs and they need RAM.




By mushi799 on 8/29/2006 2:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
same here, hopefully low latency


RE: I'm waiting for the 2 gig sticks
By wrack on 8/29/2006 6:09:46 PM , Rating: 2
I second that


By rippleyaliens on 8/29/2006 8:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
VMware lover here, gimmie more rammmmmmmmmm


Power consuption
By Goolic on 8/29/2006 12:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
How much this will help power consuption ?

And why the FBDIMMS get so hot ? The Buffer chip is double the clock of the ram chips?




RE: Power consuption
By menting on 8/29/2006 12:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
it won't help power comsumption much at all, since the spec voltage doesn't change.


RE: Power consuption
By bunnyfubbles on 8/29/2006 4:57:49 PM , Rating: 1
well, if you can have twice as much ram in the same amount of sticks...

I pretty much knew this would happen though, DDR2 bringing us reasonable 4GB+ to go along with 64 bit OSes despite DDR3 coming relatively quickly after DDR2. People would complain, "why even bother with DDR2 if it doesn't offer any more performance over DDR1?" Well, not only can we have the larger capacities with fewer sticks, it is cheaper to produce...


1Gbit
By faiakes on 8/29/2006 9:19:57 AM , Rating: 2
Just to make this clear:

Is that 1Gbit bus?




RE: 1Gbit
By Furen on 8/29/2006 9:25:13 AM , Rating: 2
Huh? A single chip has a 1Gbit capacity. If you put 8 of these in a module you have 1GB, if you use 16 you have 2GB. Capacity if being doubled while keeping a similar package size.


Chips, not modules
By PrinceGaz on 8/29/2006 10:21:42 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
1Gbit modules are typically arranged in kits of 16 pieces on a single PCB to give us 2GB memory DIMMs.


Should read:

1Gbit chips are typically arranged in kits of 16 pieces on a single PCB to give us 2GB memory DIMMs.




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