DDR3 memories are expected to fall significantly during the year due to a shift to more advanced production technologies that will enable faster memories.
In the current computer market, DDR2 still accounts for the lion's share, and most computer systems are based on them. This makes sense given the relatively high cost of DDR3 memory, and the fact that they do not significantly improve system performance for most uses. Intel has long supported both types of memory, while AMD has not yet launched any processors that support DDR3, and are expected to support DDR3 only with The second generation of PNN 2, For which no official date has yet been set. Intel's Lynnfield processors are expected to bring the DDR3 to the masses, But they will only reach the end of the third quarter. Although DDR3 prices have been falling steadily over the last year, their prices are still significantly higher than DDR2 memories, a fact that keeps the masses away from them, especially in the current economic situation.
This month, two companies, Samsung and Elpidia, will start mass production of DDR3 chips using 50 nanometer manufacturing technology. Up to now, DDR3 memories have been produced using 65 or 70 nanometer technology. Switching to 50 nanometer production will increase the possible speed of the chips, reduce latency, reduce the required workload, contribute to reduced power consumption and, of course, significantly reduce production costs.
Elpidia's memory chip is only 40 millimeters square and can reach 2.5 GHz at only 1.5 volts. In addition, it can be used in 1.2 voltages at up to 1.6 GHz. It is expected that Korsaire will soon be using the new Elpidia chips in the Dominator GT memories presented at CES2009. Samsung, the only profitable company in the memory market, is already producing DDR3 memories on 50 nanometers for a while, and this year it will become the main process in which it will generate memories.
Another memory company, Qimonda, is currently testing the production of 46 nano-meters for DDR3, and will begin mass production in the middle of 2009. Other companies are expected to use improved manufacturing processes with the launch of the AM3 chassis AMD And Lynnfield's processors Intel, Which are expected to significantly increase the demand for memories DDR3. It is expected that the price fell by tens of percentage points towards the end of the third quarter of the year.
DDR2 memory is very common and very cheap and therefore will not transfer DDR2 plants to 50 nanometer production. But will gradually move to production at theDDR3 The old ones that currently produce 65 and 70 nanometers. According to IDC, which conducts market research in computing, sales DDR3 Will reach 29 percent of the memory market in 2009 and 2011 will already have 72 percent of the market.