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Samsung unveiled new DRAM memory based on Compute Express Link (CXL) technology

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest memory chip maker, unveiled Tuesday its next-generation DRAM memory solution that can significantly enhance capacity for data centers and ensure its competitive gap in high-performance server memory.

The industry’s first memory module based on the new Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard will enable server systems to scale memory capacity and bandwidth, accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing workloads in data centers, the company said in a press release.

The new module has been successfully validated from Intel. Samsung Electronics is expanding its partnership with global data center and cloud service providers in need of substantially increasing memory capacity.

The company has developed CXL-based module to overcome the limitation of the existing Double Data Rate (DDR)-based DRAM and meet the surging demand for data processing capacity on wider use of AI and big data around the world.

Unlike the conventional DDR-based memory, which has limited memory channels, Samsung’s CXL-enabled module can scale memory capacity to the terabyte level and dramatically reduce system latency, the company said.

In addition, Samsung has incorporated several controller and software technologies to allow CPUs and GPUs to recognize the CXL-based memory and utilize it as the main memory.

“This is the industry’s first DRAM-based memory solution that runs on the CXL interface, which will play a critical role in serving data-intensive applications including AI and machine learning in data centers as well as cloud environments,” said Park Cheol-min, vice president of the memory product planning team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to raise the bar with memory interface innovation and capacity scaling to help our customers, and the industry at-large, better manage the demands of larger, more complex, real-time workloads that are key to AI and the data centers of tomorrow.”

“Data center architecture is rapidly evolving to support the growing demand and workloads for AI and ML, and CXL memory is expected to expand the use of memory to a new level,” said Debendra Das Sharma, Intel Fellow and Director of I/O Technology and Standards at Intel. “We continue to work with industry companies such as Samsung to develop a robust memory ecosystem around CXL.”

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