Samsung Electronics has started mass producing the first 32-gigabyte (GB) double data rate 4 (DDR4) memory for gaming laptops in the format of small outline dual in-line memory modules (SoDIMMs).
The new SoDIMMs are based on 10-nanometer (nm)-class process technology that allows for more memory capacity, higher speeds, and lower energy consumption.
Compared to Samsung's 16GB SoDIMM based on 20nm-class 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4, which was introduced in 2014, the new 32GB module doubles the capacity while being 11 percent faster and approximately 39 percent more energy efficient, according to Samsung.
With a total of 16 of Samsung's newest 16-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 DRAM chips (eight chips each mounted on the front and back), the 32GB SoDIMM allows gaming laptops to reach speeds up to 2,666 megabits-per-second (Mbps).
A 64GB laptop configured with two 32GB DDR4 modules consumes less than 4.6 watts (W) in active mode and less than 1.4W when idle. This reduces power usage by approximately 39 percent and over 25 percent, respectively, compared to today's leading gaming-oriented laptops, which are equipped with 16GB modules.
Samsung has begun to expand its offering of the large, 10nm-class DRAM lineup (16Gb LPDDR4, 16Gb GDDR5, and 16Gb DDR4), which will usher in a new era of 16Gb DRAM in the mobile, graphics, PC and server segments, and subsequently in other markets such as supercomputers and automotive systems.