|[March 10, 2014]
Samsung Now Mass Producing Industry's Most Advanced 4Gb DDR3, Using 20 Nanometer Process Technology
SEOUL, South Korea --(Business Wire)--
Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in memory technology,
today announced that it is mass producing the most advanced DDR3 memory,
based on a new 20 nanometer process technology, for use in a wide range
of computing applications.
Samsung 4Gb 20nm DDR3 memory (Photo: Business Wire)
Samsung has pushed the envelope of DRAM scaling, while utilizing
currently available immersion ArF lithography, in its roll-out of the
industry's most advanced 20-nanometer (nm) 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR3 DRAM.
With DRAM memory, where each cell consists of a capacitor and a
transistor linked to one another, scaling is more difficult than with
NAND Flash memory in which a cell only needs a transistor. To continue
scaling for more advanced DRAM, Samsung refined its design and
manufacturing technologies and came up with a modified double patterning
and atomic layer deposition.
Samsung's modified double patterning technology marks a new milestone,
by enabling 20nm DDR3 production using current photolithography
equipment and establishing the core technology forthe next generation
of 10nm-class DRAM production. Samsung also successfully created
ultrathin dielectric layers of cell capacitors with an unprecedented
uniformity, which has resulted in higher cell performance.
With the new 20nm DDR3 DRAM applying these technologies, Samsung also
has improved manufacturing productivity, which is over 30 percent higher
than that of the preceding 25 nanometer DDR3, and more than twice that
of 30nm-class* DDR3.
In addition, the new 20nm 4Gb DDR3- based modules can save up to 25
percent of the energy consumed by equivalent modules fabricated using
the previous 25 nanometer process technology. This improvement provides
the basis for delivering the industry's most advanced green IT solutions
to global companies.
"Samsung's new energy-efficient 20-nanometer DDR3 DRAM will rapidly
expand its market base throughout the IT industry including the PC and
mobile markets, quickly moving to mainstream status," said Young-Hyun
Jun, executive vice president, memory sales and marketing, Samsung
Electronics. "Samsung will continue to deliver next-generation DRAM and
green memory solutions ahead of the competition, while contributing to
the growth of the global IT market in close cooperation with our major
According to market research data from Gartner (News - Alert), the global DRAM market
will grow from $35.6 billion US dollars in 2013 to $37.9 billion US
dollars in 2014.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening
new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation
and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones,
tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE (News - Alert) systems, medical
devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people
across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover
more, please visit www.samsung.com.
* Editors' Note: 10nm-class means a process technology node
somewhere between 10 and 20 nanometers, and 30nm-class means a process
technology node somewhere between 30 and 40 nanometers.
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