At the Samsung Tech Day 2022 conference, which has returned to a new format for the first time in three years, the Korean manufacturer spoke about innovation in memory chips, both operational and permanent. The company is already producing new generation GDDR7 chips, more powerful DDR5, as well as faster LPDDR5X. In the flash memory segment, the company intends to actively increase the number of layers in the chips and their corresponding capacity.
In a year that marked 20 and 30 years of leading positions in the NAND and DRAM fields, respectively, Samsung presented fifth-generation DRAM chips in class 10 nm, noting that since the establishment of the company, 40 years ago, the company had produced a trillion gigabytes of operational memory, about half of which had been released in the last three years, indicating the rate of digital transformation.
The technology 1b DRAM is currently under development, but mass production is scheduled for 2023. To overcome the existing constraints, the company has intensified innovation across the front, using various solutions, including High-K material. Samsung also described recent developments: 32-Gbit DDR5 chips, LPDDR5X modules at 8.5 Gbit/s and GDR7 at 36 Gbit/s — these solutions will open new opportunities for CDC and HPC, as well as mobile, game and car segments. The Korean manufacturer also stressed the importance of specialized solutions, including HBM-PIM, AXDIMM and CXL, to optimize the processing of rapidly growing data.
Samsung V-NAND's flash memory technology debuted about ten years ago, after changing eight generations, increasing 10 times the number of layers and 15 times the density of data. The company is already producing record-breaking 3D TLC NAND modules for the 512 Gbit industry, and by the end of the year the supply of their 1-Tbit successors begins. The 9th generation's V-NAND is under development and its mass production is scheduled for 2024. By 2030, the company is about to reach 1,000 layers. Finally, in view of the extensive development of artificial intelligence technologies, Samsung decided to accelerate the transition to four-bit memory cells.
Samsung also shared aggressive market plans for car solutions, and the company described its variety of memory solutions developed for various modern car functions, including information and entertainment systems, clusters and locks to telematics, and since its entry into the car memory market in 2015, Samsung has rapidly increased its presence and intends to become the largest vehicle memory supplier by 2025.