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Modules using Samsung's latest 3Xnm process are expected later this year
Lower power due to smaller process

DDR3 DRAM has just overtaken DDR2 as the predominant memory technology used in today's new computers. Newer RAM has traditionally been more expensive than previous generations, but DDR3 pricing has gone down over the last few years due to mass production and die shrinks to smaller process nodes. Not only does this result in price cuts, but also lower power consumption and higher possible speeds.

Samsung just started producing DDR3 on its 40nm process last year, but is already working on its newest generational node. The company describes it as being 30nm-class, but is generally acknowledged as being around 32nm. The process size refers to the average half-pitch of a memory cell. A smaller die size means that more dies can fit on a silicon wafer, reducing production costs. The company estimates the new chips will increase its cost-efficiency per wafer by sixty percent.
 
The new 2Gb chip can be used to create power-efficient 4GB modules operating at 1.35 volts. Samsung expects power savings of 30 percent compared to a similar chip produced on a 50nm process, with a 4GB module consuming only three watts per hour when used in a newer-generation notebook.

“Our accelerated development of next generation 30nm-class DRAM should keep us in the most competitive position in the memory market,” said Soo-In Cho, President of Samsung Electronics' Memory Division.

Mass production of the new chips is expected to start in the second half of the year, with volume ramping up for the busy holiday shopping season.



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I swear...
By HotFoot on 2/1/2010 2:15:41 PM , Rating: 5
When I see 'Green' in the marketing or packaging of a computer product, I'm going to turn around and buy whatever the competition is selling instead. Seriously... tell me it'll lower my electricity bill. Tell me it'll let my battery last longer. Tell me it's made RoHS compliant so I'm not toxifying the dumpsite or manufacturing plant workers.

Don't tell me I'm saving the planet by buying a friggin' stick of RAM.




RE: I swear...
By therealnickdanger on 2/1/2010 2:23:41 PM , Rating: 4
Let's face it, the only "green" here is the extra cash Samsung will rake in by selling cheaper memory for the same (or higher) price.


RE: I swear...
By Etern205 on 2/1/2010 2:59:30 PM , Rating: 3
Is the ram "green"? Yes, very green. :P


RE: I swear...
By dajeepster on 2/2/2010 6:13:56 AM , Rating: 2
no... just the PCB :D


RE: I swear...
By AnnihilatorX on 2/1/2010 2:57:53 PM , Rating: 5
As you mentioned, green can mean anything ranging from

lower electricity bill
RoHS compliant
Longer battery
Less waste heat in the PC so it runs cooler, etc.

Whether that helps the environment is your opinion, but I don't get why you are so hyped up for the word 'green' there. They may be greenwashing but I don't see any wrong if it really does reduce electricity use for example.


RE: I swear...
By someguy123 on 2/2/2010 1:06:51 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the problem is that there's no real standardization for "green".

Technically you could just stamp green on something and, unless someone decided to do an investigation on your production line for that specific product, you could sell a regular product as "green", which is pretty much what everyone is doing now (regular lower clocked versions of ram are now "green" etc).


RE: I swear...
By TheDigitalDiamond on 2/2/2010 3:50:26 AM , Rating: 2
Energy Saver, LEED, standards for "green" advancements, just to name a couple.


RE: I swear...
By someguy123 on 2/2/2010 10:51:34 AM , Rating: 2
These are standards that can be followed, but you can vaguely refer to your product as "green" without following any of those standards.


RE: I swear...
By Laereom on 2/2/2010 9:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and? People know that. If they have a product for which there aren't well-formed standards, but does cost less to produce (thereby consuming less resources), consume less power, produce less waste, or whatever else, it behooves them to communicate that to us, as consumer, one way or another.

You are, of course, free to choose to be annoyed by it because of all the associated cultural BS attached to the term, hey, feel free to. It really doesn't hurt me. It does, however, prevent you from benefiting from what may be a superior product.


RE: I swear...
By someguy123 on 2/2/2010 10:03:15 PM , Rating: 2
That's not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying you can put "green" on anything, without it actually being "green" (energy efficient, less waste etc) because "green" is not a standard. Things like energystar are standards.


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