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Samsung launches new DDR4, PCIe SSD tech to power greener datacentres

ITProPortal was this week invited to Frankfurt by Samsung, to attend the company's third annual Memory Solutions Forum event and, in typical fashion, we jumped at the opportunity.

Yunshik Kim, the president of Samsung Semiconductor Europe, kicked off proceedings in the historic settings of Palais Frankfurt, and immediately made it clear that there would be three stars of this particular show.

The semiconductor market, like the rest of IT, is moving at a remarkable pace, he said. Using the analogy of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who first proposed that the sun – rather than earth – formed the centre of the universe, Kim explained that the South Korean giant needed to think outside the box in order to stay ahead of the curve.

"A technical paradigm shift is now required to take our industry to the next level," said Kim.

So without much further ado, Samsung outed its fifth generation of memory solutions, designed specifically with the modern, more environmentally-conscious datacentre in mind. According to the company, its new DDR4, PCIe SSD and 'green' solution combining the two will solve common datacentre issues by delivering performance improvements, extra physical space for computer systems and cutting down on power consumption.

First out of the box was the new DDR4 memory, which according to Samsung achieves a data transfer speed of 2,133Mbps – a 15 per cent boost over DDR3's 1,866Mbps performance limit. It is also claimed to eat up 24 per cent less energy.

Meanwhile, Samsung's latest PCIe SSD solution should provide data transfer speeds of up to 4GB/s, which is allegedly six times faster than its 600MB/s SATA offerings. Samsung also says that it reduces data transfer delays by 67 per cent, while increasing 'energy efficiency' levels 2.6 times over.

Last of all landed the solution combining these DDR4 and PCIe technologies, which by eliminating unwanted data duplication within enterprise storage systems can enhance server system performance by 1.6 and quadruple system capacity, according to Samsung. The firm also claims that this sort of fusion has the potential to achieve the highest levels of efficiency ever seen from 'green' IT solutions.

"I believe that it is very meaningful to be a part of creating and maintaining datacentres, which are the libraries of our modern civilisation, where the most vivid records of humanity's cultural artefacts are held," said the vice president of Samsung Semiconductor Europe, Dermot Ryan.