Samsung announces top-of-the-line DDR5 12nm memory with optimizations for AMD


Samsung DDR5 memory chips

Samsung is about to begin mass production of new memory chips for DDR5 DRAM built on the industry’s first 12nm process. The company aims to start production of the new chips in 2023 to “advance the next generation of computing, data center and artificial intelligence applications” thanks to improved performance and greater power efficiency.

The new 16 gigabit (Gb) DRAM chips from Samsung will benefit all platforms using the DDR5 standard. However, the company highlights improvements specifically for AMD. The official press release claims that those chips are “optimized and verified” for AMD’s latest Zen platforms with DDR5 support (socket Zen4 and AM5).

Samsung DDR5 memory chips

The transition to a newer 12nm process technology allows Samsung to push speeds up to 7.2Gbps (roughly translating to processing two 32GB UHD movies in just one second) while consuming up to 23% less than the previous DRAM. The updated memory will use a new high-k material with increased cell capacity and improved “critical circuit characteristics.” Samsung also boasts the highest die density in the industry, increasing wafer productivity by 20%.

Samsung promises to use the new 12nm DDR5 DRAM chips in a wide range of market segments, so expect faster and more efficient RAM in all kinds of computers and servers. You can learn more in the official press release.


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