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Samsung launches consumer-grade 30nm DRAM

Samsung has announced its first DDR3 memory products based around 30nm-class components, claiming that the move means improved performance and reduced power draw.

It's been a bit of a slog for the company: it originally announced 30nm products back in July 2010, but has taken almost a year to bring the technology to the consumer end of the market. Despite the hiccoughs along the way, the company is still proud of what it has achieved.

"Samsung is committed to bringing performance-enhanced computing to consumers," claimed senior VP Reid Sullivan at the product launch ceremony, "and our 30nm-class process technology offers an outstanding combination of advanced low-power DDR3 technology, with blazing speed up to 1,600 megabits per second."

The company claims that its use of 30nm-class components means that its latest memory chips will draw around a third the power of a 60nm equivalent, while offering a 20 per cent speed boost over the company's last-generation 40nm DDR3 DRAM modules.

The 30nm modules will be available in 2GB and 4GB capacities in both very-low-profile UDIMM and SODIMM configurations for desktops and laptops respectively. As is the trend in the industry, Samsung will make the modules available in single or dual-module 'matched pair' kits.

UK pricing for the new components has yet to be confirmed, but the company hasn't indicated any intentions to charge a premium for the 30nm-class modules. As a result, buyers are advised to check what they're receiving while the channel depletes its inventory of 40nm Samsung RAM.