Samsung, Intel intro new IoT chips
Both Samsung and Intel have unveiled new semiconductor products with potential to support intelligent IoT applications.
Samsung announced it has initiated mass production of a new dynamic random-access memory (RAM) circuit based on the DDR5 (double data rate 5) standard and 14 nanometer-sized chips.
The new product is expected to handle data-intensive workloads, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G communications. It’s billed as being 20% more productive than Samsung’s previous benchmark.
RAM enables computer processors to retrieve data from anywhere in their circuits while the power is switched on, rather than having to draw on slower memory stores such as hard drives or IoT flash storage.
DDR5, the fifth standard for dynamic RAM, reduces the amount of energy that RAM absorbs and was officially released last year.
It also offers more bandwidth to shuttle data from one point to another, achieving more than twice the speed of fourth-generation DRAM.
To reduce the need for printing semiconductor patterns over and over during fabrication, Samsung is manufacturing its latest DRAM chip using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.
It expects EUV to enhance performance and yields, while reducing how long it takes to design, develop and deliver new products.
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