Micron reported that in June, the mass production and supply of RAM on the most advanced technical process 1α (alpha; 10-nm class) started in the world. According to norms 1α, LPDDR4X and DDR4 chips are produced. The memory of LPDDR4X will soon find a place in smartphones and will help them work longer, and DDR4 chips will fall in computers and servers, but the laptops will benefit the laptops, which will also prolong the battery life.
According to Micron, the transition from the process of production 1Z to the technical process 1α allowed 40% to increase the density of memory chip and 15-20% improve energy saving. This is especially relevant for smartphones, because it will extend the battery life in modes with intensive use of memory, for example, during photo and video tags.
As before, Micron does not specify which the norms of the technical process are hidden for the designation 1α. According to unofficial information, it may be a technical process with the standards of 12 Nm, which is why Samsung has already begged and even confirmed its backlog from Micron in terms of transition to more subtle technical processions.
Both memory options – LPDDR4X and DDR4 – MICRON manufactures at the A3 plant in Taichun. We hope fires, droughts, earthquakes and sudden power outages in the near future there is not happening there.
Separately, Micron reports that the DDR4 memory for the process 1α passed the work on the AMD EPYC platforms of the 3rd generation and has proven itself in them. Laptop manufacturers are also waiting for mass supplies of new products – COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is not doing anywhere, and remote work and study still require a lot of mobile PCs.
In parallel, MICRON among developers and memory manufacturers leads a gigantic work to promote the DDR5 standard. For this, she launched in 2020 the Technology Enablement Program program (TEP), within which it provides technological support and conducts comprehensive consultations. Today, the TEP program covers 100 companies and over 250 developers. This is the soil that next year will give shoots in the form of the first mass products with DDR5 memory.