Wonder how this Samsung’s monster memory can double your RAM cram plan, which the South Korean firm has started volume production of an all-new carziest 128GB DDR4 DIMMs. Looks like a regualr RAM chip, but it packs a punch and this is the latest chunck of RAMs to roll off Samsung’s production line and that too squeezes 128 gigs into its svelte little frame. A single registered dual inline memory module packing 36 individual 4GB chuncks of 3D TVS DDR4 DRAM, for a total of 128GB – now be yours.
The new 128GB chip by Samsung is specifically designed for big enterprise servers, uses company’s “through silicon via” manufacturing technique. That allows the company to connect RAM chips vertically using electrods passing through holes rather than more conventional wiring you find in other RAM. Those aware of servers with 96 DIMM slots, means 12.2 terabytes of RAM in a single server if you buy Samsung’s new chips. In turn, that allows it to build up memory into larger 3D stacks, to squeeze more into the same footprint.
What Samsung says?
“these new DIMMS are special because the chip dies are ground down to a few dozen micrometers, pierced with hundreds of fine holes and vertically connected by electrodes passing through the holes, allowing for a significant boost in signal transmission.” There’s also “a special design through which the master chip of each 4GB package embeds the data buffer function to optimise module performance and power consumption“.
For that case, Samsung squeezes in 144 chips, arranged into 36 4GB packages, to provide 128 glorious gigabytes of memory. Suggesting that the new chip “boasts the largest capacity and the highest energy efficiency of any DRAM memory today.” That too running at 2,400 megabits per second.
Samsung also promising “a complete lineup of its new high-performance TVS DRAM modules within the next several weeks including 128GB load reduced DIMMs.” Pledging “emodules with data transfer speeds of up to 2,667Mbps and 3,200Mbps – to help meet internsifying enterprise server needs, by expanding TVS applications into high bandwidth memory (HBM) and consumer products”.
Yes, the greatly increased RAM density 128GB DIMMS will bring will be extremely useful to many users. Certainly, these DIMMs will be expensive to start with and not all servers will be experiencing to work with that much RAM, though. Although, plenty of folks stick with 32GB DIMMs today because 64GB DIMMs are affordless.
Currently, there is no word given on pricing as yet. But it will likely be more expensive than you can justify for your humble little PC. Or Servers.