Samsung Intros 4GByte DDR Memory

Looking to increase the capacity of servers, workstations and supercomputers, Samsung Electronics Monday unveiled its first 4GByte Double Data Rate (DDR) Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM).

The Korean-based manufacturer, which developed one of the first fully working 1Gb DDR synchronous DRAM modules in early December 2002 said it plans on mass producing the faster 4GByte DDR DIMM in the 2nd half of 2003.

The module is based on Samsung’s 0.10 micron technology 1 Gigabit DDR SDRAM component, which offers a 266Mbps – to – 333Mbps speeds. Samsung said the modules would be available in -x4, -x8, and -x16 bit configurations with industry-standard 400mil TSOP2 packaging.

“Samsung’s advanced memory solutions are poised to enable an array of next-generation systems,” said Samsung Electronics Senior Vice President of Memory Product Planning and Engineering Jon Kang. “Through close cooperation with top-tier manufacturers, Samsung’s new high-density DDR solutions will expedite the availability of advanced computing systems.”

Known for developing CDMA and GSM mobile phones for key Asian and other worldwide markets, Samsung also specializes in making advanced memory including DDR333 and DDR400 high-speed solutions and 512Mb and 1Gb densities.

The outlook for DDR in the near future will be soft, according to industry insiders. One of the top five module makers in Taiwan, Kingmax Semiconductor, predicts spot prices should drop between now and March and probably won’t pick up until the usual seasonal demand cycle in the third quarter.

However, the market for 1Gb DDR SDRAMs is expected to reach $7.4 billion by 2006, according to researchers at Gartner Dataquest.

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