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SK hynix announces launch of DDR5 DRAM

All News 11:00 October 06, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- SK hynix Inc. said Tuesday it has launched the world's first Double Data Rate 5 (DDR5) DRAM, as South Korea's No. 2 chipmaker strives to expand its presence with the next-generation memory product.

SK hynix's 16 Gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM, which was developed in 2018 using 1Ynm process technology, is now available on the market after completing various verification and compatibility tests.

DDR5 is a next-generation DRAM standard that boasts fast speed and high density with reduced power consumption as compared to DDR4. It is optimized for use in data-intensive applications such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

SK hynix's latest chip supports transfer rates of 4,800-5,600 megabit-per-second (Mbps), which is 1.8 times faster than the previous generation DDR4. The product's operating voltage is 1.1 volts (V), being lowered from 1.2 V of DDR4, meaning that it also consumes less power.

This photo provided by SK hynix Inc. shows the company's 16 Gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

This photo provided by SK hynix Inc. shows the company's 16 Gigabit (Gb) DDR5 DRAM. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

SK hynix said its DDR5 DRAM has advanced error correcting code (ECC) inside the chip that can correct 1-bit-level errors by itself, boosting the reliability of applications by 20 times. Its DDR5 DRAM could also build up to 256 gigabyte capacity with through-silicon via technology, the chipmaker added.

"We will focus on the fast-growing premium server market, solidifying its position as a leading company in server DRAM," said Oh Jong-hoon, chief marketing officer at SK hynix.

SK hynix said it has been collaborating closely with its global partners, including Intel Corp., to launch its DDR5 DRAM. The company conducted joint operation of on-site labs, system-level tests and simulations with system-on-chip manufacturers to verify the functions of the product.

"We worked collaboratively with SK hynix on silicon development by designing and testing prototypes to ensure DDR5 meets its performance goals and are fully ready for our mutual customers," Carolyn Duran, vice president of Intel's Data Platforms Group, said.

According to market researcher Omdia, DDR5 demand is expected to surge next year and account for 10 percent of total global DRAM market in 2022 and 43 percent in 2024.

SK hynix was the world's second-largest DRAM producer with a 30.1 percent market share in the second quarter of the year, only behind local rival Samsung Electronics Co., according to data from industry tracker TrendForce.


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