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Samsung is debuting its DDR5 DRAM on a 12nm process and is ready to bring the memory chip into mass production. These are industry-first RAM and manufacturing will begin in 2023, according to the electronic giants.

In a press release, Samsung says that its 12nm DDR5 DRAM will provide the processing for next-generation computing, AI apps, and data centers.

“Our 12nm-range DRAM will be a key enabler in driving market-wide adoption of DDR5 DRAM,” says Jooyoung Lee, Executive Vice President of DRAM Product & Technology at Samsung Electronics. “With exceptional performance and power efficiency, we expect our new DRAM to serve as the foundation for more sustainable operations in areas such as next-generation computing, data centers and AI-driven systems.”

Samsung’s chips are 16GB and will work on any platform that uses DDR5 memory. Despite this, the company is eager to talk about the improvements on AMD platforms specifically. Samsung points out that the DDR5 DRAM is “optimized and validated” for AMD Zen.

“Innovation often requires close collaboration with industry partners to push the bounds of technology,” explains Joe Macri, Senior VP, Corporate Fellow and Client, Compute and Graphics CTO at AMD. “We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Samsung, particularly on introducing DDR5 memory products that are optimized and validated on ‘Zen’ platforms.”

Samsung says progressing to a 12nm process increases speeds to 7.2Gbps with 23% less consumption compared to previous memory.

Price Drop

In October, I reported on a predicted price drop in DDR5 memory heading into 2023. According to a report from DigiTimes, production will ramp up in a big way in 2023 as the manufacturing of DDR5 RAM reaches maturity. However, the resulting modules will enter a market where consumers and businesses are not selling PCs in the same numbers.

As PC demand falls and shipments decline, consumers are less likely to be buying expensive DDR5 PCs. That will lead to manufacturers lowering prices on this expensive memory.

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