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Example of writable volatile random-access memory: Synchronous Dynamic RAM modules, primarily used as main memory in personal computers, workstations, and servers.

Random-access memory (RAM /ræm/) is a form of computer data storage that stores data and machine code, and can be searched and changed in any order.[1][2] A random-access memory device allows data items to be read or written in almost the same amount of time irrespective of the physical location of data inside the memory. In contrast, with other direct-access data storage media such as hard disks, CD-RWs, DVD-RWs and the older magnetic tapes and drum memory, the time required to read and write data items varies significantly depending on their physical locations on the recording medium, due to mechanical limitations such as media rotation speeds and arm movement.

RAM contains multiplexing and demultiplexing circuitry, to connect the data lines to the addressed storage for reading or writing the entry. Usually more than one bit of storage is accessed by the same address, and RAM devices often have multiple data lines and are said to be "8-bit" or "16-bit", etc. devices.

In today's technology, random-access memory takes the form of integrated circuits (ICs). RAM is normally associated with volatile types of memory (such as DRAM modules), where stored information is lost if power is removed, although non-volatile RAM has also been developed.[3] Other types of non-volatile memories exist that allow random access for read operations, but either do not allow write operations or have other kinds of limitations on them. These include most types of ROM and a type of flash memory called NOR-Flash.

The two main types of volatile random-access semiconductor memory are static random-access memory (SRAM) and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). Commercial uses of semiconductor RAM date back to 1965, when the IBM System/360 Model 95 used the SP95 SRAM chip from Scientific Data Systems and Signetics, and Toshiba used DRAM memory cells for its Toscal BC-1411 electronic calculator. The first commercial DRAM IC chip was the Intel 1103, introduced in October 1970. Synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) later debuted with the Samsung KM48SL2000 chip in 1992.

History

These IBM tabulating machines from the 1930s used mechanical counters to store information
A portion of a core memory with a modern flash SD card on top
1 Megabit chip – one of the last models developed by VEB Carl Zeiss Jena in 1989

Early computers used relays, mechanical counters[4] or delay lines for main memory functions. Ultrasonic delay lines could only reproduce data in the order it was written. Drum memory could be expanded at relatively low cost but efficient retrieval of memory items required knowledge of the physical layout of the drum to optimize speed. Latches built out of vacuum tube triodes, and later, out of discrete transistors, were used for smaller and faster memories such as registers. Such registers were relatively large and too costly to use for large amounts of data; generally only a few dozen or few hundred bits of such memory could be provided.

The first practical form of random-access memory was the Williams tube starting in 1947. It stored data as electrically charged spots on the face of a cathode ray tube. Since the electron beam of the CRT could read and write the spots on the tube in any order, memory was random access. The capacity of the Williams tube was a few hundred to around a thousand bits, but it was much smaller, faster, and more power-efficient than using individual vacuum tube latches. Developed at the University of Manchester in England, the Williams tube provided the medium on which the first electronically stored program was implemented in the Manchester Baby computer, which first successfully ran a program on 21 June 1948.[5] In fact, rather than the Williams tube memory being designed for the Baby, the Baby was a testbed to demonstrate the reliability of the memory.[6][7]

Magnetic-core memory was invented in 1947 and developed up until the mid-1970s. It became a widespread form of random-access memory, relying on an array of magnetized rings. By changing the sense of each ring's magnetization, data could be stored with one bit stored per ring. Since every ring had a combination of address wires to select and read or write it, access to any memory location in any sequence was possible. Magnetic core memory was the standard form of memory system until displaced by solid-state semiconductor memory in integrated circuits (ICs) during the 1970s.

An integrated bipolar static random-access memory (SRAM) was invented by Robert H. Norman at Fairchild Semiconductor in 1963.[8] Commercial use of SRAM dates back to 1965, when the IBM System/360 Model 95 used the SP95 memory chip from Scientific Data Systems and Signetics.[9] Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) allowed replacement of a 4 or 6-transistor latch circuit by a single transistor for each memory bit, greatly increasing memory density at the cost of volatility. Data was stored in the tiny capacitance of each transistor, and had to be periodically refreshed every few milliseconds before the charge could leak away. Toshiba's Toscal BC-1411 electronic calculator, which was introduced in 1965,[10][11][12] used a form of capacitive DRAM, storing 180-bit data on discrete memory cells, consisting of germanium transistors and capacitors.[11][12] In 1968, Robert H. Dennard invented a single-transistor DRAM memory cell, using a MOSFET transistor, at IBM.[13] The first commercial DRAM IC chip was the Intel 1103, which was manufactured on an 8 µm MOS process with a capacity of 1 kb, and was released in 1970.[14][15][16]

Prior to the development of integrated read-only memory (ROM) circuits, permanent (or read-only) random-access memory was often constructed using diode matrices driven by address decoders, or specially wound core rope memory planes.[citation needed]

Synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) was developed by Samsung Electronics. The first commercial SDRAM chip was the Samsung KM48SL2000, which had a capacity of 16 Mb.[17] It was introduced by Samsung in 1992,[18] and mass-produced in 1993.[17] The first commercial DDR SDRAM (double data rate SDRAM) memory chip was Samsung's 64 Mb DDR SDRAM chip, released in June 1998.[19] GDDR (graphics DDR) is a form of DDR SGRAM (synchronous graphics RAM), which was first released by Samsung as a 16 Mb memory chip in 1998.[20]

Types

The two widely used forms of modern RAM are static RAM (SRAM) and dynamic RAM (DRAM). In SRAM, a bit of data is stored using the state of a six-transistor memory cell. This form of RAM is more expensive to produce, but is generally faster and requires less dynamic power than DRAM. In modern computers, SRAM is often used as cache memory for the CPU. DRAM stores a bit of data using a transistor and capacitor pair, which together comprise a DRAM cell. The capacitor holds a high or low charge (1 or 0, respectively), and the transistor acts as a switch that lets the control circuitry on the chip read the capacitor's state of charge or change it. As this form of memory is less expensive to produce than static RAM, it is the predominant form of computer memory used in modern computers.

Both static and dynamic RAM are considered volatile, as their state is lost or reset when power is removed from the system. By contrast, read-only memory (ROM) stores data by permanently enabling or disabling selected transistors, such that the memory cannot be altered. Writeable variants of ROM (such as EEPROM and flash memory) share properties of both ROM and RAM, enabling data to persist without power and to be updated without requiring special equipment. These persistent forms of semiconductor ROM include USB flash drives, memory cards for cameras and portable devices, and solid-state drives. ECC memory (which can be either SRAM or DRAM) includes special circuitry to detect and/or correct random faults (memory errors) in the stored data, using parity bits or error correction codes.

In general, the term RAM refers solely to solid-state memory devices (either DRAM or SRAM), and more specifically the main memory in most computers. In optical storage, the term DVD-RAM is somewhat of a misnomer since, unlike CD-RW or DVD-RW it does not need to be erased before reuse. Nevertheless, a DVD-RAM behaves much like a hard disc drive if somewhat slower.

Memory cell

The memory cell is the fundamental building block of computer memory. The memory cell is an electronic circuit that stores one bit of binary information and it must be set to store a logic 1 (high voltage level) and reset to store a logic 0 (low voltage level). Its value is maintained/stored until it is changed by the set/reset process. The value in the memory cell can be accessed by reading it.

In SRAM, the memory cell is a type of flip-flop circuit, usually implemented using FETs. This means that SRAM requires very low power when not being accessed, but it is expensive and has low storage density.

A second type, DRAM, is based around a capacitor. Charging and discharging this capacitor can store a "1" or a "0" in the cell. However, the charge in this capacitor slowly leaks away, and must be refreshed periodically. Because of this refresh process, DRAM uses more power, but it can achieve greater storage densities and lower unit costs compared to SRAM.

SRAM Cell (6 Transistors)
DRAM Cell (1 Transistor and one capacitor)

Addressing

To be useful, memory cells must be readable and writeable. Within the RAM device, multiplexing and demultiplexing circuitry is used to select memory cells. Typically, a RAM device has a set of address lines A0... An, and for each combination of bits that may be applied to these lines, a set of memory cells are activated. Due to this addressing, RAM devices virtually always have a memory capacity that is a power of two.

Usually several memory cells share the same address. For example, a 4 bit 'wide' RAM chip has 4 memory cells for each address. Often the width of the memory and that of the microprocessor are different, for a 32 bit microprocessor, eight 4 bit RAM chips would be needed.

Often more addresses are needed than can be provided by a device. In that case, external multiplexors to the device are used to activate the correct device that is being accessed.

Memory hierarchy

One can read and over-write data in RAM. Many computer systems have a memory hierarchy consisting of processor registers, on-die SRAM caches, external caches, DRAM, paging systems and virtual memory or swap space on a hard drive. This entire pool of memory may be referred to as "RAM" by many developers, even though the various subsystems can have very different access times, violating the original concept behind the random access term in RAM. Even within a hierarchy level such as DRAM, the specific row, column, bank, rank, channel, or interleave organization of the components make the access time variable, although not to the extent that access time to rotating storage media or a tape is variable. The overall goal of using a memory hierarchy is to obtain the highest possible average access performance while minimizing the total cost of the entire memory system (generally, the memory hierarchy follows the access time with the fast CPU registers at the top and the slow hard drive at the bottom).

In many modern personal computers, the RAM comes in an easily upgraded form of modules called memory modules or DRAM modules about the size of a few sticks of chewing gum. These can quickly be replaced should they become damaged or when changing needs demand more storage capacity. As suggested above, smaller amounts of RAM (mostly SRAM) are also integrated in the CPU and other ICs on the motherboard, as well as in hard-drives, CD-ROMs, and several other parts of the computer system.

Other uses of RAM

A SO-DIMM stick of laptop RAM, roughly half the size of desktop RAM.

In addition to serving as temporary storage and working space for the operating system and applications, RAM is used in numerous other ways.

Virtual memory

Most modern operating systems employ a method of extending RAM capacity, known as "virtual memory". A portion of the computer's hard drive is set aside for a paging file or a scratch partition, and the combination of physical RAM and the paging file form the system's total memory. (For example, if a computer has 2 GB of RAM and a 1 GB page file, the operating system has 3 GB total memory available to it.) When the system runs low on physical memory, it can "swap" portions of RAM to the paging file to make room for new data, as well as to read previously swapped information back into RAM. Excessive use of this mechanism results in thrashing and generally hampers overall system performance, mainly because hard drives are far slower than RAM.

RAM disk

Software can "partition" a portion of a computer's RAM, allowing it to act as a much faster hard drive that is called a RAM disk. A RAM disk loses the stored data when the computer is shut down, unless memory is arranged to have a standby battery source.

Shadow RAM

Sometimes, the contents of a relatively slow ROM chip are copied to read/write memory to allow for shorter access times. The ROM chip is then disabled while the initialized memory locations are switched in on the same block of addresses (often write-protected). This process, sometimes called shadowing, is fairly common in both computers and embedded systems.

As a common example, the BIOS in typical personal computers often has an option called “use shadow BIOS” or similar. When enabled, functions that rely on data from the BIOS’s ROM instead use DRAM locations (most can also toggle shadowing of video card ROM or other ROM sections). Depending on the system, this may not result in increased performance, and may cause incompatibilities. For example, some hardware may be inaccessible to the operating system if shadow RAM is used. On some systems the benefit may be hypothetical because the BIOS is not used after booting in favor of direct hardware access. Free memory is reduced by the size of the shadowed ROMs.[21]

Recent developments

Several new types of non-volatile RAM, which preserve data while powered down, are under development. The technologies used include carbon nanotubes and approaches utilizing Tunnel magnetoresistance. Amongst the 1st generation MRAM, a 128 KiB (128 × 210 bytes) chip was manufactured with 0.18 µm technology in the summer of 2003.[citation needed] In June 2004, Infineon Technologies unveiled a 16 MiB (16 × 220 bytes) prototype again based on 0.18 µm technology. There are two 2nd generation techniques currently in development: thermal-assisted switching (TAS)[22] which is being developed by Crocus Technology, and spin-transfer torque (STT) on which Crocus, Hynix, IBM, and several other companies are working.[23] Nantero built a functioning carbon nanotube memory prototype 10 GiB (10 × 230 bytes) array in 2004. Whether some of these technologies can eventually take significant market share from either DRAM, SRAM, or flash-memory technology, however, remains to be seen.

Since 2006, "solid-state drives" (based on flash memory) with capacities exceeding 256 gigabytes and performance far exceeding traditional disks have become available. This development has started to blur the definition between traditional random-access memory and "disks", dramatically reducing the difference in performance.

Some kinds of random-access memory, such as "EcoRAM", are specifically designed for server farms, where low power consumption is more important than speed.[24]

Memory wall

The "memory wall" is the growing disparity of speed between CPU and memory outside the CPU chip. An important reason for this disparity is the limited communication bandwidth beyond chip boundaries, which is also referred to as bandwidth wall. From 1986 to 2000, CPU speed improved at an annual rate of 55% while memory speed only improved at 10%. Given these trends, it was expected that memory latency would become an overwhelming bottleneck in computer performance.[25]

CPU speed improvements slowed significantly partly due to major physical barriers and partly because current CPU designs have already hit the memory wall in some sense. Intel summarized these causes in a 2005 document.[26]

First of all, as chip geometries shrink and clock frequencies rise, the transistor leakage current increases, leading to excess power consumption and heat... Secondly, the advantages of higher clock speeds are in part negated by memory latency, since memory access times have not been able to keep pace with increasing clock frequencies. Third, for certain applications, traditional serial architectures are becoming less efficient as processors get faster (due to the so-called Von Neumann bottleneck), further undercutting any gains that frequency increases might otherwise buy. In addition, partly due to limitations in the means of producing inductance within solid state devices, resistance-capacitance (RC) delays in signal transmission are growing as feature sizes shrink, imposing an additional bottleneck that frequency increases don't address.

The RC delays in signal transmission were also noted in "Clock Rate versus IPC: The End of the Road for Conventional Microarchitectures"[27] which projected a maximum of 12.5% average annual CPU performance improvement between 2000 and 2014.

A different concept is the processor-memory performance gap, which can be addressed by 3D integrated circuits that reduce the distance between the logic and memory aspects that are further apart in a 2D chip.[28] Memory subsystem design requires a focus on the gap, which is widening over time.[29] The main method of bridging the gap is the use of caches; small amounts of high-speed memory that houses recent operations and instructions nearby the processor, speeding up the execution of those operations or instructions in cases where they are called upon frequently. Multiple levels of caching have been developed to deal with the widening gap, and the performance of high-speed modern computers relies on evolving caching techniques.[30] These can prevent the loss of processor performance, as it takes less time to perform the computation it has been initiated to complete.[31] There can be up to a 53% difference between the growth in speed of processor speeds and the lagging speed of main memory access.[32]

Solid-state hard drives have continued to increase in speed, from ~400 MB/s via SATA3 in 2012 up to ~3 GB/s via NVMe/PCIe in 2018, closing the gap between RAM and hard disk speeds, although RAM continues to be an order of magnitude faster, with single-lane DDR4 3200 capable of 25 GB/s, and modern GDDR even faster. Fast, cheap, non-volatile solid state drives have replaced some functions formerly performed by RAM, such as holding certain data for immediate availability in server farms - 1 Terabyte of SSD storage can be had for $200, while 1TB of RAM would cost thousands of dollars.[33][34] Despite this, the speed of RAM is still a necessity for efficient computation on large, local data sets, such as analytics and machine learning, though not producing graphics for video games or VR.[35]

Timeline

SRAM

Static random-access memory (SRAM)
Date of introduction Chip name Capacity (bits) Access time SRAM type Manufacturer(s) Process MOSFET Area Ref
1963 N/A 1-bit ? Cell Fairchild N/A N/A N/A [9]
1965 ? 8-bit ? Bipolar SDS, Signetics ? N/A ? [9]
1965 SP95 16-bit ? Bipolar IBM ? N/A ? [36]
1966 TMC3162 16-bit ? Bipolar TTL Transitron ? N/A ? [14]
1966 ? ? ? MOSFET NEC ? ? ? [37]
1968 ? 64-bit ? MOSFET Fairchild ? PMOS ? [37]
1968 ? 144-bit ? MOSFET NEC ? NMOS ? [37]
1969 ? 128-bit ? Bipolar IBM ? N/A ? [9]
1969 1101 256-bit 850 ns MOSFET Intel 12,000 nm PMOS ? [38][39][40][41]
1972 2102 1 kb ? MOSFET Intel ? NMOS ? [38]
1974 5101 1 kb 800 ns MOSFET Intel ? CMOS ? [38][42]
1974 2102A 1 kb 350 ns MOSFET Intel ? NMOS (depletion) ? [38][43]
1975 2114 4 kb 450 ns MOSFET Intel ? NMOS ? [38][42]
1976 2115 1 kb 70 ns MOSFET Intel ? NMOS (HMOS) ? [38][39]
1976 2147 4 kb 55 ns MOSFET Intel ? NMOS (HMOS) ? [38][44]
1977 ? 4 kb ? MOSFET Toshiba ? CMOS ? [39]
1978 HM6147 4 kb 55 ns MOSFET Hitachi 3,000 nm CMOS (twin-well) ? [44]
1978 TMS4016 16 kb ? MOSFET Texas Instruments ? NMOS ? [39]
1980 ? 16 kb ? MOSFET Hitachi, Toshiba ? CMOS ? [45]
1980 ? 64 kb ? MOSFET Matsushita ? CMOS 114 mm² [45]
1981 ? 16 kb ? MOSFET Texas Instruments 2,500 nm NMOS ? [45]
1982 ? 64 kb ? MOSFET Intel 1,500 nm NMOS (HMOS) 326 mm² [45]
1984 ? 256 kb ? MOSFET Toshiba 1,200 nm CMOS 149 mm² [45][40]
1987 ? 1 Mb ? MOSFET Sony, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba ? CMOS ? [45]
1990 ? 4 Mb 15–23 ns MOSFET NEC, Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi ? CMOS ? [45]
1992 ? 16 Mb 12–15 ns MOSFET Fujitsu, NEC 400 nm CMOS ? [45]
1995 ? 4 Mb 6 ns Cache (SyncBurst) Hitachi ? CMOS ? [46]
1995 ? 256 Mb ? MOSFET Hyundai ? CMOS ? [47]

DRAM

Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM)
Date of introduction Chip name Capacity (bits) DRAM type Manufacturer(s) Process MOSFET Area Ref
1965 N/A 1-bit DRAM (cell) Toshiba N/A Ge N/A [11][12]
1968 N/A 1-bit DRAM (cell) IBM N/A MOS N/A [37]
1968 ? 256-bit DRAM (IC) Fairchild ? PMOS ? [14]
1969 N/A 1-bit DRAM (cell) Intel N/A PMOS N/A [37]
1970 1102 1 kb DRAM (IC) Intel, Honeywell ? PMOS ? [37]
1970 1103 1 kb DRAM Intel 8,000 nm PMOS 10 mm² [48][49][15]
1971 μPD403 1 kb DRAM NEC ? NMOS ? [50]
1971 ? 2 kb DRAM General Instrument ? PMOS 13 mm² [51]
1972 2107 4 kb DRAM Intel ? NMOS ? [38][52]
1973 ? 8 kb DRAM IBM ? PMOS 19 mm² [51]
1975 2116 16 kb DRAM Intel ? NMOS ? [53][14]
1977 ? 64 kb DRAM NTT ? NMOS 35 mm² [51]
1979 MK4816 16 kb PSRAM Mostek ? NMOS ? [54]
1979 ? 64 kb DRAM Siemens ? VMOS 25 mm² [51]
1980 ? 256 kb DRAM NEC, NTT 1,000–1,500 nm NMOS 34–42 mm² [51]
1981 ? 288 kb DRAM IBM ? MOS 25 mm² [55]
1983 ? 64 kb DRAM Intel 1,500 nm CMOS 20 mm² [51]
1983 ? 256 kb DRAM NTT ? CMOS 31 mm² [51]
January 5, 1984 ? 8 Mb DRAM Hitachi ? MOS ? [56][57]
February 1984 ? 1 Mb DRAM Hitachi, NEC 1,000 nm NMOS 74–76 mm² [51][58]
February 1984 ? 1 Mb DRAM NTT 800 nm CMOS 53 mm² [51][58]
1984 TMS4161 64 kb DPRAM (VRAM) Texas Instruments ? NMOS ? [59][60]
January 1985 μPD41264 258 kb DPRAM (VRAM) NEC ? NMOS ? [61][62]
June 1986 ? 1 Mb PSRAM Toshiba ? CMOS ? [63]
1986 ? 4 Mb DRAM NEC 800 nm NMOS 99 mm² [51]
1986 ? 4 Mb DRAM Texas Instruments, Toshiba 1,000 nm CMOS 100–137 mm² [51]
1987 ? 16 Mb DRAM NTT 700 nm CMOS 148 mm² [51]
1991 ? 64 Mb DRAM Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Toshiba 400 nm CMOS ? [45]
1993 ? 256 Mb DRAM Hitachi, NEC 250 nm CMOS ? [45]
1995 ? 4 Mb DPRAM (VRAM) Hitachi ? CMOS ? [46]
January 9, 1995 ? 1 Gb DRAM NEC 250 nm CMOS ? [64][46]
January 9, 1995 ? 1 Gb DRAM Hitachi 160 nm CMOS ? [64][46]
1997 ? 4 Gb QLC NEC 150 nm CMOS ? [45]
1998 ? 4 Gb DRAM Hyundai ? CMOS ? [47]
June 2001 TC51W3216XB 32 Mb PSRAM Toshiba ? CMOS ? [65]
February 2001 ? 4 Gb DRAM Samsung 100 nm CMOS ? [45][66]

SDRAM

Synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM)
Date of introduction Chip name Capacity (bits) SDRAM type Manufacturer(s) Process MOSFET Area Ref
1992 KM48SL2000 16 Mb SDR Samsung ? CMOS ? [67][68]
1996 MSM5718C50 18 Mb RDRAM Oki ? CMOS 325 mm² [69]
1996 N64 RDRAM 36 Mb RDRAM NEC ? CMOS ? [70]
1996 ? 1 Gb SDR Mitsubishi 150 nm CMOS ? [45]
1997 ? 1 Gb SDR Hyundai ? SOI ? [47]
1998 MD5764802 64 Mb RDRAM Oki ? CMOS 325 mm² [69]
March 1998 Direct RDRAM 72 Mb RDRAM Rambus ? CMOS ? [71]
June 1998 ? 64 Mb DDR Samsung ? CMOS ? [72][73][74]
1998 ? 64 Mb DDR Hyundai ? CMOS ? [47]
1998 ? 128 Mb SDR Samsung ? CMOS ? [75][73]
1998 ? ? FRAM Hyundai ? Fe ? [47]
1999 ? 128 Mb DDR Samsung ? CMOS ? [73]
1999 ? 1 Gb DDR Samsung 140 nm CMOS ? [45]
2000 GS eDRAM 32 Mb eDRAM Sony, Toshiba 180 nm CMOS 279 mm² [76]
2001 ? 1 Mb FRAM Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
2001 ? 288 Mb RDRAM Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
2001 ? ? DDR2 Samsung 100 nm CMOS ? [74][45]
2002 ? 256 Mb SDR Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
2003 EE+GS eDRAM 32 Mb eDRAM Sony, Toshiba 90 nm CMOS 86 mm² [76]
2003 ? 72 Mb DDR3 Samsung 90 nm CMOS ? [78]
2003 ? 512 Mb DDR2 Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
2003 ? 512 Mb DDR2 Elpida 110 nm CMOS ? [79]
2003 ? 1 Gb DDR2 Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
2004 ? 2 Gb DDR2 Samsung 80 nm CMOS ? [80]
2005 EE+GS eDRAM 32 Mb eDRAM Sony, Toshiba 65 nm CMOS 86 mm² [81]
2005 Xenos eDRAM 80 Mb eDRAM NEC 90 nm CMOS ? [82]
2005 ? 512 Mb DDR3 Samsung 80 nm CMOS ? [74][83]
2006 ? 1 Gb DDR2 Hynix 60 nm CMOS ? [77]
2008 ? ? LPDDR2 Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
April 2008 ? 8 Gb DDR3 Samsung 50 nm CMOS ? [84]
2008 ? 16 Gb DDR3 Samsung 50 nm CMOS ?
2009 ? ? DDR3 Hynix 44 nm CMOS ? [77]
2009 ? 2 Gb DDR3 Hynix 40 nm CMOS ? [77]
2011 ? 16 Gb DDR3 Hynix 40 nm CMOS ? [85]
2011 ? 2 Gb DDR4 Hynix 30 nm CMOS ? [85]
2013 ? ? LPDDR4 Samsung 20 nm CMOS ? [85]
2014 ? 8 Gb LPDDR4 Samsung 20 nm CMOS ? [86]
2015 ? 12 Gb LPDDR4 Samsung 20 nm CMOS ? [75]
2018 ? 8 Gb LPDDR5 Samsung 10 nm FinFET ? [87]
2018 ? 128 Gb DDR4 Samsung 10 nm FinFET ? [88]

SGRAM and HBM

Synchronous graphics random-access memory (SGRAM) and High Bandwidth Memory (HBM)
Date of introduction Chip name Capacity (bits) SDRAM type Manufacturer(s) Process MOSFET Area Ref
November 1994 HM5283206 8 Mb SGRAM (SDR) Hitachi 350 nm CMOS 58 mm² [89][90]
December 1994 µPD481850 8 Mb SGRAM (SDR) NEC ? CMOS 280 mm² [91][92]
1997 µPD4811650 16 Mb SGRAM (SDR) NEC 350 nm CMOS 280 mm² [93][94]
September 1998 ? 16 Mb SGRAM (GDDR) Samsung ? CMOS ? [72]
1999 KM4132G112 32 Mb SGRAM (SDR) Samsung ? CMOS ? [95]
2002 ? 128 Mb SGRAM (GDDR2) Samsung ? CMOS ? [96]
2003 ? 256 Mb SGRAM (GDDR2) Samsung ? CMOS ? [96]
2003 ? 256 Mb SGRAM (GDDR3) Samsung ? CMOS ? [96]
March 2005 K4D553238F 256 Mb SGRAM (GDDR) Samsung ? CMOS 77 mm² [97]
October 2005 ? 256 Mb SGRAM (GDDR4) Samsung ? CMOS ? [98]
2005 ? 512 Mb SGRAM (GDDR4) Hynix ? CMOS ? [77]
2007 ? 1 Gb SGRAM (GDDR5) Hynix 60 nm CMOS ? [77]
2009 ? 2 Gb SGRAM (GDDR5) Hynix 40 nm CMOS ? [77]
2010 K4W1G1646G 1 Gb SGRAM (GDDR3) Samsung ? CMOS 100 mm² [99]
2012 ? 4 Gb SGRAM (GDDR3) SK Hynix ? CMOS ? [85]
2013 ? ? HBM SK Hynix ? CMOS ? [85]
March 2016 MT58K256M32JA 8 Gb SGRAM (GDDR5X) Micron 20 nm CMOS 140 mm² [100]
June 2016 ? 32 Gb HBM2 Samsung 20 nm CMOS ? [101][102]
2017 ? 64 Gb HBM2 Samsung 20 nm CMOS ? [101]
January 2018 K4ZAF325BM 16 Gb SGRAM (GDDR6) Samsung 10 nm FinFET ? [103][104][105]

See also

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