Samsung Electronics Unveils Industry's First 128GB CXL 2.0 DRAM, Next-Generation Memory Solutions

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Samsung Electronics, a global leader in cutting-edge semiconductor technology, has announced a groundbreaking achievement in the field of memory solutions.

 The company has successfully developed the world's first 128-gigabyte (GB) DRAM with support for Compute Express Link (CXL) 2.0. This remarkable feat was accomplished through a close collaboration with Intel on an Intel Xeon platform. Expanding on their previous accomplishment of introducing the industry's first CXL 1.1-based CXL DRAM in May 2022, Samsung's latest innovation, the 128GB CXL DRAM based on CXL 2.0, is poised to accelerate the commercialization of next-generation memory solutions. This cutting-edge CXL DRAM boasts support for the PCle 5.0 interface (x8 lanes) and delivers an impressive bandwidth of up to 35GB per second.

Jangseok Choi, Vice President of the New Business Planning Team at Samsung Electronics, emphasized their commitment to driving the advancement of CXL technology: "As a member of the CXL Consortium Board of Directors, Samsung Electronics remains at the forefront of CXL technology. This groundbreaking development underscores our dedication to further expanding the CXL ecosystem through strategic partnerships with industry leaders in data centers, servers, and chipsets."

Jim Pappas, Director of Technology Initiatives at Intel Corporation, expressed delight in collaborating with Samsung to foster a thriving CXL ecosystem: "Intel is delighted to work with Samsung on their investment towards a vibrant CXL ecosystem. Intel will continue to collaborate with Samsung to promote the growth and adoption of innovative CXL products throughout the industry."

Stephen Tai, President of Montage Technology, shared his excitement about mass producing the first controllers supporting CXL 2.0 and the ongoing partnership with Samsung: "Montage is excited to mass produce the first controllers to support CXL 2.0. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Samsung to advance CXL technology and expand its ecosystem."

One of the key features of CXL 2.0 is its support for memory pooling, a memory management technique that consolidates multiple CXL memory blocks on a server platform to create a pool. This enables hosts to dynamically allocate memory from the pool as required. This breakthrough technology allows customers to maximize efficiency while reducing operating costs, empowering them to reinvest resources into strengthening their server memory.

Samsung plans to commence mass production of CXL 2.0 DRAM later this year and intends to offer a wide range of capacities to meet the growing demand for future computing applications.

CXL represents the next generation of interfaces that enhance the efficiency of accelerators, DRAM, and storage devices used in high-performance server systems. When paired with the main DRAM, CXL's bandwidth and capacity can be expanded, making it a game-changer in the next-generation computing market. The surge in demand for high-speed data processing driven by technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is expected to be further amplified by the advancements in CXL technology.

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