According to Global SMT, Samsung announced the world’s first DDR5 DRAM chips manufactured using 12nm semiconductor manufacturing technology. The company unveiled its 16Gb DDR5 DRAM chips and said they have already been evaluated for compatibility with AMD’s Zen processors.
The new chips are more efficient and offer 23% better performance than previous-generation DRAM chips. The South Korean company said it made this technological leap possible by using high-κ material, which increases cell capacitance. Samsung also used its own technology to improve critical circuits.
The company’s new DDR5 DRAM chips use advanced multi-layer lithography to achieve the industry’s highest die density and offer 20% higher wafer productivity. These chips are capable of transfer rates of up to 7.2 Gbps, which is equivalent to processing two 30GB 4K movies in one second.
Samsung will begin mass production of its 12nm class DDR5 DRAM chips in early 2023. Products based on these DRAM chips can be expected sometime in the last quarter of 2023.
DDR5 (Double Data Rate 5) is a type of computer memory that is used in computers, servers, and other devices that require high-speed data transfer. It is the successor to DDR4 and offers improved performance and higher density compared to its predecessor.
The size of the technology used to manufacture a memory chip, such as DDR5, is typically measured in nanometers (nm). A smaller technology size generally allows for higher density and better performance, as it allows more transistors to be packed into a smaller area.
As of 2021, DDR5 memory chips are generally manufactured using technology sizes of 10nm or 12nm. Using a 12nm technology size allows for a higher density of transistors on the chip, which can lead to improved performance and power efficiency.
It is worth noting that technology sizes are constantly improving, and memory manufacturers are continually working on new technologies and processes to further improve the performance and density of their products.
Read Global SMT Article
BPM Microsystems plans to accept orders through March 15, 2023, for 7th Generation series programmers, subject to availability.
Introduced by BPM Microsystems in 2005, the 7th Generation series programmers have offered an exceptional return on investment and productivity for over 17 years. We recognize that many customers continue to use the 7th Generation, programming millions of devices annually. Supply chain constraints, key component availability, and increasing cost of support are driving this decision.
We encourage customers to contact Sales to discuss upgrades and trade-in options. BPM’s 10th Generation programmers can be more than 10x faster and offer 500x more memory than the 7th Generation programmers.
1710 & 2710 Series – This includes but is not limited to 1710, 2710-2, 2710-4, 2710-6, FX710-240-2-STE, FX710-240SITE, FX710-AM-240STE and all parts, sub-assemblies or components of said programmers. This policy can be changed or canceled at any time without notice.
- Warranty repairs will be honored through the entirety of the standard 1-year hardware warranty.
- Non-warranty repairs will be provided on a best-effort basis.
- Parts, sub-assemblies, and components will no longer be sold separately and will be used exclusively at the BPM Microsystems’ factory repair center.
- Algorithms and Software Updates – Customers with valid support contracts can continue requesting algorithms and accessing BPWin software updates.
- Software Support Contracts – Customers can continue to purchase BPWin software support contracts.
- Hardware Support Contracts – Effective immediately, extended warranty renewals will be offered on a case-by-case basis. BPM will continue to honor those existing hardware support contracts in place at the time of this notice.
- Socket Modules, Daughter Cards, Socket Cards, and Replacement Sockets – Customers can continue to purchase “adapter” products with the exception of obsolete or discontinued items.
BPM Device Programmers | 1710 Manual Programmer
BPM Microsystems, Inc. will display its 10th Generation programming technology platform and the BPM310 Automated Programming System at the IPC APEX Expo, starting January 24, 2023, in San Diego, California. The 10th Generation offers the industry’s fastest programming times for UFS, eMMC, Flash, and MCUs with twice as many sockets per site as its predecessor. The BPM310 offers a capacity of up to 48 sockets, automotive-level quality, and reliability in a small footprint. 10th Gen delivers the fastest UFS programming performance in the industry achieving up to 440MB per second Read and 201MB per second Write. First-part time is accelerated owing to the fact that UFS programming can commence without pausing for data to download.
IPC APEX ’23
IPC APEX Expo is the largest event for electronics manufacturing in North America, attracting more than 9,000 professionals from 45 countries. From the industry’s leading technical conference and application-focused professional development courses to the innovation-driven exhibit floor, IPC APEX EXPO 2023 will be packed with seminars, awards, and amazing technology.
BPM is celebrating 22 years of exhibiting at APEX on its 38th anniversary as a company. Make plans now to attend IPC APEX Expo ’23 January 24-26, 2023 at the San Diego Convention Center (view event page here).
The BPM310 is positioned to outperform higher-priced systems and includes advanced features such as WhisperTeach™, on-the-fly vision alignment, CSP support, serialization, encryption, and JobMaster while providing true universal technology. 10th Gen supports the broadest range of devices including MCUs, eMMC, NAND, Serial Flash, UFS, and others. Highly configurable, the BPM310 provides options for Tape I/O, Tray I/O, Tube I/O, laser marking, and 3D inspection.
“We’re excited to demonstrate the BPM310 at APEX 2023,” says Colin Harper, Global Sales Director at BPM. “The market response to this highly configurable, socket-dense machine has been tremendous. The small footprint, amazing productivity, and ease of use set it apart in the industry.”
The BPM310 leverages much of the socket adapter and algorithm development currently available on BPM’s 9th Generation systems. And like all 9th Gen automated programmers, the BPM310 continues to offer ease of operation and fast setup with award-winning BPWin process control software and patented WhisperTeach™. WhisperTeach™ automatically teaches the critical Z-height of each pick/place location with 15-micron accuracy. Accurate automated teaching is vital for small packages due to fundamental human limitations. In addition, WhisperTeach™ saves an average of 83% of the time required for the job setup compared to traditional methods while increasing quality and yield
BPM manufactures its 10th Generation systems in their ISO 9001:2015 certified plant located in Houston, Texas, and their products carry the CE Mark. BPM continues to offer 9th Generation programmers for manual and automated programming. If you are coming to APEX 2023, visit booth 1219 from January 24, 2023, through January 26, 2023, in beautiful San Diego, to see a live BPM310 demo. For more information on the BPM310, go to bpmmicro.com/BPM310.
Set Appointment for One-on-One Demo | View Event Page
Micron, the largest manufacturer of memory chips in the United States (current stock price here), plans to invest up to $100 billion dollars over the next 20 years to build a chip factory in central New York, the company announced. A $20 billion investment is planned for the first phase through 2030 and is expected to create nearly 50,000 jobs.
The announcement follows the company’s $40 billion project in Boise, Idaho, which coincided with the passage of the US CHIPS Act earlier this year. The New York site could contain four 600K-square-foot clean rooms, equivalent to forty football fields.
Micron aims to increase DRAM production in the United States to 40% of its global output over the next decade (currently, most production is in Asia). New York production will begin in the second half of the decade as demand recovers. Manufacturing in the U.S. helps customers build products into a more secure supply chain, the company said.
Read the full Global SMT article here. | Read Micron’s press release here.