Samsung makes first 50nm DDR2 chips
While Intel scrambles to finish its first 45nm processors, Samsung has hit a process technology milestone of its own. The Korean company says it has developed the world's first DDR2 SDRAM memory chip based on 50nm process technology. The chip packs 1Gb (128MB) of memory and uses 3D transistor design and multi-layered dielectric technology, which the company says "greatly enhance" both performance and storage capacity. Samsung adds that its new 50nm process will allow it to increase production efficiency by 55% over its 60nm process, as well. Mass production of Samsung's 50nm memory chips is slated for 2008. The 50nm process will be used for a variety of applications, from system memory and mobile memory to graphics memory.