KOREAN CONGLOMERATE Samsung has started mass producing high density memory modules for laptops and mobile workstations.
The firm trumpeted its 8GB small outline dual inline memory modules (SoDIMMs) and unbuffered dual inline memory modules (UDIMMs) based on 4Gb DDR3 chips fabbed at 40nm, saying that they will benefit high density chip designers. Other likely users are CAD/CAM engineers and anyone that wants to work with large data sets at high speeds.
Dell will be one of the first to use them, and apparently has already bunged them into its 17-inch Precision M6500 workstations. These, Samsung said, will ship with 32GB of 40nm DDR3 modules, or four 8GB SoDIMMs.
"Dell, a leading workstation provider, quickly embraced the industry's highest density DRAM by being the first to launch 32GB mobile workstations with the Samsung 8GB module," said Jim Elliott, VP of memory marketing and product planning at Samsung Semiconductor.
"These high speed modules provide faster data processing for design engineers and other professionals who want workstations that not only hum, but sing," the apparent Simon Cowell fan enthused.
Dell executives were equally chipper about the high density DDR3 modules and burbled about their unmatched performance and efficiency.
Samsung added that the 8GB high density modules run at 1333MHz on 1.5V. This should translate to 67 per cent power consumption savings when compared to 1.8V DDR2, it said. The 8GB DDR3 module uses roughly half as much power as two 4GB DDR3 modules. µ