Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has expanded its DDR5 DRAM memory portfolio with the industry’s first 512GB DDR5 module based on High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology. Delivering more than twice the performance of DDR4 at up to 7,200 megabits per second (Mbps), the new DDR5 will be capable of orchestrating the most extreme compute-hungry, high-bandwidth workloads in supercomputing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), as well as data analytics applications.
Installing 512GB DIMM is overkill for gaming but servers are licking their lips for this kind of capacity. With 4 sticks in a gaming box this means 2TB of RAM which is as much as the Samsung 980 PRO 2TB recently procured for the rig.
Samsung’s DDR5 will utilize highly advanced HKMG technology that has been traditionally used in logic semiconductors. With continued scaling down of DRAM structures, the insulation layer has thinned, leading to a higher leakage current. By replacing the insulator with HKMG material, Samsung’s DDR5 will be able to reduce the leakage and reach new heights in performance. This new memory will also use approximately 13% less power, making it especially suitable for datacenters where energy efficiency is becoming increasingly critical.
The HKMG process was adopted in Samsung’s GDDR6 memory in 2018 for the first time in the industry. By expanding its use in DDR5, Samsung is further solidifying its leadership in next-generation DRAM technology.
Leveraging through-silicon via (TSV) technology, Samsung’s DDR5 stacks eight layers of 16 gigabit DRAM chips to offer the largest capacity of 512GB. TSV was first utilized in DRAM in 2014 when Samsung introduced server modules with capacities up to 256GB.
16 gigabit memory chips can make 32GB DIMMs with double sided manufacturing. The market is now awash with 32GB sticks which are overkill for gaming. So now with 64GB the next size up will simply aggravate the excesses. Still the drool factor of 2TB of RAM cannot be ignored.