Micron’s1-beta DRAM makes 15% more power- efficient and 35% more density-efficient memory chips

by | Nov 1, 2022 | Technology

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Micron Technology has launched its 1-beta DRAM to improve power efficiency by 15% and bit density by 35% for memory chips.

This means that the Boise, Idaho-based memory chip maker is still one of the industry’s leaders when it comes to manufacturing semiconductor chips, which many describe as the oil of the digital age.

This new technology for manufacturing dynamic random access memory (DRAM, or the kind used in most high-value electronics) will underpin a new generation of memory chips for Micron, said Thy Tran, vice president of DRAM process integration at Micron, in a press briefing.

In 2021, there were about 81 zettabytes of data created, she said. By the way, for perspective, that’s one gigabit of data created every hour for every person on earth. And by 2025, Micron expects it to double to 180 data bytes, Tran said.

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Thy Tran is a vice president at Micron.“We live in a data hungry universe where data is integral to virtually every aspect of our lives,” Tran said. “And these trends don’t seem to be slowing down. The more data we have, the more memory we want to create and capture more value from that data. And that in turn give us a need for more and more memory.”

To do truly autonomous cars, Micron estimates that you would need about 30 times more DRAM content and 100 times more NAND flash memory, Tran said. That’s why demand for memory is so insatiable.

Micron said it is shipping qualification samples of its 1-beta DRAM technology to select smartphone manufacturers and chipset partners, and it has achieved mass production readiness with the world’s most advanced DRAM technology node. Of course, tech journalists on the press call noted that it is impossible to check whether Micron’s statements are true, in terms of having …

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