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Samsung is in a boastful mood today, and for good reason—it has developed what it claims is the industry's first-ever 14-nanometer based 16-gigabit (Gb) low power data rate 5X (LPDDR5X) DRAM, which delivers a big boost in performance while consuming quite a bit less power compared to Samsung's LPDDR5. And it's not just for smartphones (though it will inevitably end up in handsets too). This amounts to next-gen mobile DRAM. Samsung says it delivers data speeds of up to 8.5Gbps, representative of an impressive 1.3X uptick over LPDDR5, which operates at up to 6.4Gbps. And being based on a 14nm process technology, it more power efficient as well—Samsung says it uses 20 percent less power... Read more...
SK Hynix is on cloud nine today on claims it has developed the first-ever High Bandwidth Memory 3 (HBM3) DRAM solution, beating other memory makers to the punch. According to SK Hynix, HBM3 is the world's best-performing DRAM, with the ability to process 819 gigabytes per second for a delightful performance bump over previous iterations. Speaking of which, HBM3 is technically a fourth-generation implementation of HBM, with the previous three in ascending order being HBM, HBM2, and HBM2E. That latter one is an update to the HBM2 specification, with more bandwidth and capacity on tap—SK Hynix introduced its first HBM2E product in August 2019, with 460GB/s of bandwidth, and began mass producing... Read more...
This has been a tough year to try and build a new PC, with a shortage of components affecting certain high-end CPUs and especially the GPU market. We could use a bit good news at this point, right? Well here it is—at least memory pricing is predicted to come down a bit, with supply expected to outpace demand in the fourth quarter of this year. According to the market research folks at TrendForce, memory makers hit peak production levels in the third quarter of this year. As we roll into the final three months of the year, the firm says there will be a surplus of DRAM, on top of suppliers already having a "healthy level of inventory" to begin with, resulting in a dip in price. To what extent?... Read more...
In late April, research firm TrendForce sounded alarm bells when it projected that soaring PC demand would mean bad news for PC DRAM prices. At the time, the company showed PC DRAM prices increases of 23 to 28 percent during Q2 2021, with an increase in the average selling price (ASP) jumping by as much as 23 percent. However, the firm is singing a different turn for its Q3 2021 projections. It now forecasts that PC DRAM prices will only increase by 3 to 8 percent quarter-over-quarter. According to TrendForce, “most of these brands are still carrying about 8-10 weeks’ worth of PC DRAM inventory,” which accounts for the smaller price increase for Q3. We should note that PC DRAM... Read more...
High bandwidth memory (HBM) has always lived up to its name, it just has not been as widely adopted in mainstream graphics cards as GDDR memory chips. Maybe that will change when HBM3 arrives. Regardless, whatever products do end up getting the HBM3 treatment will see a big jump in bandwidth, according to some figures shared by South Korean memory make SK Hynix. What's interesting is that SK Hynix is not even aggressively pushing the promise of HBM3 memory just yet. The bandwidth claim was mentioned as an aside, on a page dedicated to extolling the benefits of the company's HBM2E memory solution, which it is claims is the industry's fastest memory at 3.6Gbps and can process 460GB of data per... Read more...
SK Hynix suddenly finds itself in the midst of damage control (both literally and figuratively) over a batch of defective DRAM products that shipped out to customers. In a statement on the matter, the South Korean chip maker confirmed that some faulty DRAM left the factory, but says early reports of the number of affected DRAM wafers are "absolutely not true." It's still not clear exactly how many DRAM wafers were found to be defective. Rumor had it that SK Hynix shipped out around 240,000 defective DRAM wafers to clients, presumably for a range of products that use its memory (graphics cards, PC RAM modules, smartphones like the ASUS ROG Phone 5, and so forth). But according to SK Hynix, that... Read more...
Has there ever been a more difficult time to build or upgrade a PC, in terms of parts availability and cost? Not in recent, that is for sure. Certain parts are difficult to find in stock at MSRP, especially graphics cards, but GPUs are not the only core components that care commanding higher prices these days. DRAM pricing is on the rise too, and is expected to keep going up. Fortunately, if all you need is a kit of DDR4 memory, you can find one easy enough—places like Amazon and Newegg are littered with kits of different capacities and speeds from major players and smaller brands alike. And memory makers continue to crank out new kits. For example, HyperX just recently launched high-speed... Read more...
It is currently a horrible time to build a new gaming PC. From COVID-19 demand to chip shortages, droughts, and a cryptocurrency boom, many factors make obtaining critical components like high-end processors and graphics cards hard to find at MSRP. Over the weekend, we even heard about the potential for a shortage of SSDs and HDDs due to rising Chinese crypto coin. Today, more bad news is coming in for those looking to build a new rig or upgrade an existing one. Research firm TrendForce projects that DRAM prices will surge between 18 to 23 percent for Q2 2021 versus Q1 2021. The 18 to 23 percent range is for the overall DRAM market, but higher increases are expected for consumer PC DRAM versus... Read more...
We should count our lucky stars that PC memory pricing is not through the roof, like it was at one point—these days you can find name-brand 16GB DDR4-3200 kits selling for less than $80. That said, general pricing could be going up, right as Intel's new Rocket Lake-S lineup lifts off. Exactly how much remains to be seen. According to a TrendForce report, DRAM pricing crawled upwards by 3-8 percent in the first quarter of 2021. As we head into the second quarter, the market research firm anticipates prices going up a bit more significantly, by another 13-18 percent. To use the example above of an $80 memory kit, a price hike on the higher side could mean paying around $94 for the same RAM... Read more...
When the power goes out at home, we tend to freak out, because heaven forbid we can't watch TV or play video games, and have to *gulp* read a book or something to pass the time. How barbaric! But when a semiconductor factory loses power, well, the repercussions are a bit more severe. Just ask Micron, which warned investors that a power outage has affected its DRAM supply in the short term. This happened at the company's Taoyuan facility (Fab 11) on December 3, the last day of its fiscal first quarter, the company said. And if that was not enough, there was a 6.7-magnitude earthquake a week later off the northeast coast of Taiwan, which affected the same factory, as well as Micron's Taichung facility... Read more...
For the first time ever, Samsung is applying extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology to its production of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) modules, and has already shipped one million of them in DDR4 form. Looking further down the road, Samsung anticipates this leading to more cutting-edge EUV process nodes, including what will be used on its upcoming DDR5 memory chips next year. No other memory maker has yet adopted EUV in DRAM production, so in that regard, Samsung earns itself a bit of bragging rights. More importantly for customers, this could potentially lead to lower pricing due to better yields, and faster performance. To what extent, however, remains to be seen, but we should find out... Read more...
Pricing for DRAM and NAND flash memory products have proven to be fickle over the years, as the memory chip market is a volatile one. It sometimes seems like even changes in the wind can affect pricing. Or more recently, the Coronavirus that is wreaking havoc is also affecting the memory market. That said, Adata chairman Simon Chen is confident that both consumer demand and pricing on memory products will pick back up once the virus is contained. It's not clear to what extent the Coronavirus is impacting the memory industry specifically. In other markets, it is taking a toll. In both Shanghai and Hong Kong, Disney closed its amusement parks to help stop the virus from spreading, which some estimates... Read more...
If you are on the fence about pouncing on a graphics card upgrade, you may want to go ahead pull the trigger. For one, the GPU is the most important component when it comes to playing games, and trying to get by with an old and outdated card can mean having to constantly fiddle with in-game settings. However, there potentially is a more pressing reason to upgrade—higher prices on the horizon. We are not sounding the alarm by any means. However, market research firm TrendForce, a division of DRAMeXchange, is expecting a "sharp upturn" in graphics DRAM prices in the first quarter of 2020 (unlike PC DRAM). Analysts say server DRAM prices will lead the upwards trend in pricing due to supply... Read more...
If you're a semiconductor manufacturer pumping out DRAM and NAND for today's hordes of electronic devices, you might be sitting in a corner crying right now. But for us enthusiasts that need to purchase DDR4 modules and PCIe NVMe SSDs for our gaming rigs, the closing months of 2019 might be a prime opportunity to make new purchases. The semiconductor industry is staring down the barrel of a 9.6 percent decline in revenue for 2019, taking totals for the year to $429 billion versus $475 billion during all of 2018. To put that in perspective, it was forecast that revenue for the year would only be down by 3.4 percent, but a perfect storm of variables has turned those projections upside down. As... Read more...
Samsung Electronics has launched the highest capacity mobile DRAM for smartphones promising it will power next-gen experiences for devices. Samsung's new memory tech is the industry's first 12GB low-power double data rate 4X, or LPDDR4X, package that is optimized for premium smartphones. The new chips provide higher capacity than most ultra-thin notebooks offer, and should give smartphone users plenty of headroom to tackle more demanding applications in the future. Samsung promises a seamless user experience for features like multiple-cameras, 2x screen sizes, AI, and 5G connectivity. Samsung notes that the 12GB mobile DRAM will maximize the potential of devices that have more than five... Read more...
Micron on Wednesday made a couple of announcements aimed at advancing the mobile memory and enterprise storage markets. Starting with the former, Micron said it has begun mass producing the industry's highest capacity monolithic memory for mobile devices and applications, and specifically 12-gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 4x (LPDDR4x) DRAM. The LPDDR4x DRAM is being produced on a 10-nanometer class process technology. Micron claims the new memory is capable of reducing power by up to 10 percent at similar data rates of 4,266 megabits per second (Mbps) compared to previous generation memory. Realistically that's not going to have a big impact on a smartphone's battery life, but every... Read more...
Memory prices are falling, folks, and just in time for the holiday shopping season. That's the good news. The even better news is that this might be the start of a longer term price drop, or price correction, if you prefer, after the cost of memory chips skyrocketed over the past year. We're not talking about nominal price drops either, but significant ones. According to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, major DRAM suppliers are coming off of contract negotiations that saw the contract prices of PC DRAM products "turn downward sharply" in October. Compared to the previous quarter, the average contract price of a 4GB DRAM module dropped 10.14 percent. Similarly, the contract price for an... Read more...
Back in September, we reported that Intel's CPU shortage could end up having a positive effect on the DRAM market for consumers. TrendForce said that the CPU shortage coupled with an oversupply in the DRAM market could lead to a quarter-over-quarter decrease of about 2 percent in pricing. Today, however, TrendForce division DRAMeXchange is getting a bit more aggressive in its analysis of the market, and is expecting larger declines in 2019 for both DRAM and NAND flash. In addition to the aforementioned Intel shortage, there is uncertainty in the server market, and smartphone demand has been "sluggish" due to many people sitting out the yearly upgrade cycle. DRAMeXchange... Read more...
Intel has reportedly been fighting a shortage of Whiskey Lake CPUs for the notebook market that will impact shipment numbers across the notebook supplier market. The decline in shipments due to that CPU shortage will also impact the memory market according to TrendForce. Intel’s CPU shortage will decrease notebook shipments to the tune of 0.2% year-over-year. With fewer notebooks shipping, the memory market will also be affected and cause a worsening oversupply in the market. Intel is being mum about the exact reason behind the CPU shortage. It's also reported that other products are impacted by the shortage including 14nm++ Coffee Lake Refresh and the 14nm+ Coffee Lake CPUs. A shortage... Read more...
Samsung is trumpeting the development of what it claims is the industry's first 10-nanometer class 8-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 DRAM, which is the latest addition to the company's premium memory chip line. This new DRAM will be find homes in upcoming 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) enabled mobile devices, including next-generation smartphone models. Note that 10nm class means anywhere between 10 and 20 nanometers. It's highly unlikely these are actual 10nm chips, or Samsung would just call them that. Nevertheless, it represents an advancement over Samsung's previous generation DRAM. According to Samsung, its 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM has a data rate of up to 6,400 megabits per second (Mb/s), which is 1.5... Read more...
Next-generation graphics cards that employ new GDDR6 memory should offer gobs of additional memory bandwidth. That new memory has been in the works for a while now and mass production has begun at various manufacturers as well. That means we could be seeing graphics cards launch soon packing the new memory on-board. In fact, NVIDIA wil soon be talking a bit about its GTX11 GPUs that will use GDDR6 memory. Micron has offered up some details that talk about some aspects of the new RAM and it sports significant updates. Micron notes that GDDR6 has several silicon enhancements, and has offered insight about performance measurements of the new memory, along with its improved signal integrity. One... Read more...
Price fixing in the DRAM market is nothing new unfortunately. As recently as January this year, a Chinese regulator accused Samsung other chip manufacturers of artificially increasing prices to pad their margins. Samsung is also no stranger to price fixing, as a $300 million judgement against it and Hynix was handed down in 2006 here in the United States. Today, however, Samsung and other DRAM manufacturers are facing another legal fight in the U.S., and it comes courtesy of the law firm Hagens Berman. A class action lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and alleges that Samsung, Micron and Hynix conspired to artificially limit... Read more...
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