It looks like those of you who insist on sticking with dinosaur hardware will finally need to get with the times, as DigiTimes has shared a paywalled report explaining how one of the world’s premier memory suppliers, Samsung, plans to end its DDR3 business very soon. The South Korean giant will stop taking orders for this arguably ancient type of memory after this year, according to sources, with final orders being fulfilled until the end of 2023. DigiTimes’ report echoes a recent story about how SK hynix has also been scaling back the production of DDR3 memory and could EOL its offerings relatively soon.
Samsung and SK Hynix to Soon Cease DDR3 Production (Tom’s Hardware)
Samsung has already notified its customers that it will keep taking orders on DDR3 memory through the end of 2022 and fulfill these orders until the end of 2023, reports DigiTimes, citing industry sources. Popular 1Gb, 2Gb, and 4Gb DDR3 chips are expected to be discontinued. SK Hynix is also reportedly looking forward to phasing out DDR3 SDRAM production, though it is unclear when the company will cease to supply them.
According to the report, Micron currently has no plans to cease making DDR3 SDRAM. Furthermore, makers of specialty DRAM from Taiwan — Nanya Technology, Winbond Electronics, Etron Technology, and Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology (ESMT) — also do not intend to ship DDR3 SDRAM to their customers, though keep in mind that Etron and ESMT are fabless makers that depend on their contract manufacturers.