Samsung ramps 80nm 1Gbit DDR2 memory

August 29, 2006 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has ramped to mass production of its 1Gbit DDR2 DRAM memory, using 80nm process technologies, having been producing 80nm-based 512Mbit DDR2 DRAMs since March of this year.

The company plans to produce what it calls the world’s smallest DRAM package (11×11.5mm), 36% smaller than packages for 90nm DRAMs. Currently, 36 1Gbit DRAM chips are configured either in a stack or enclosure to create high-capacity 4GB DRAM modules, but avoiding stacking simplifies production and lowers costs, as well as enhance overall electrical properties, the company stated.

Samsung noted Gartner estimates of $28.7 billion in DRAM sales in 2006, only about 8% of which is 1Gbit DRAM, but that share will more than quadruple to 36% of projected total DRAM sales of $37.89 billion by 2008.


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