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A-Data's 1GB DDR3-1066 Module
Greater bandwidth, lower power

A-Data will be announcing DDR3 modules at Computex 2006 on June 6, 2006. This comes only two weeks after AMD launched its DDR2 supporting socket AM2 processors. DDR3 is slated to be the DDR2 successor and promises greater bandwidth and lower power. DDR3-1066 MHz modules will be shown at Computex at the A-Data booth. While DDR3-1066 MHz modules will be shown, DDR3 has a lot more headroom available. Modules are expected to ramp up to 1600 MHz in the future. There has been no mention of the memory access latency of DDR3 yet.

The DDR3 shown is in a 240-pin configuration, with 120 pins on each side.  A notch 48 pins from the left of one side separates the DIMM so that DDR3 is not accidentally placed in DDR1 or DDR2 motherboards. 

AMD is expected to support DDR3 with the upcoming K8L quad-core processors in 2008. Intel originally had plans to support DDR3 in Q4'06, though most of these estimates have been scaled back by almost a year.  When we had the opportunity to sit down with Samsung's Directory of DRAM Marketing, Tom Trill, he was very specific with regard to DDR3 placement in future markets.  The majority of DRAM customers welcomed DDR2 expecting an immediate ramp up from DDR1 with very little regard for performance or price.  Unfortunately for these customers, DDR1 stuck around longer than most had anticipated, and early DDR2 adopters were faced with high cost DDR2-400 and DDR2-533 that provided little, if any performance gains over DDR1-400.  Trill warned that the industry as a whole will require major performance gains from DDR3 before jumping head first into into another new DRAM format.


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Yet another memory type...
By jskirwin on 6/2/2006 4:00:28 PM , Rating: 3
As if DDR and DDR2 weren't enough.
Doesn't it seem that the DDR2 window is quite small, considering that DDR3 is scheduled for '08?




RE: Yet another memory type...
By Alphafox78 on 6/2/2006 4:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Stick with socket 939 on PCIE till this comes out seeing as DDR2 doenst do much...


RE: Yet another memory type...
By Pirks on 6/2/2006 4:16:40 PM , Rating: 1
doh, I'm sticking to socket A and still don't understand what's ze fuss :) athlon XP 3200 just don't want to be upgraded here, I think I can even watch 1080p video, just lemme install that coreavc thhingy first...


RE: Yet another memory type...
By Scabies on 6/2/2006 4:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
athlon XP 3200 just don't want to be upgraded here

agreed, I want to upgrade, but by the time I have a setup picked out and a budget supplied, we have a new batch of goodies that I have to leave out. I'm outdated already, so why spend another $1000 to be outdated again?
(though... my framerates are starting to bug me :D)


RE: Yet another memory type...
By brystmar on 6/2/2006 4:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
In that case, I guess you should never buy anything because it's just gonna become outdated eventually. Yes, technology changes very rapidly, but if you keep waiting for the "next thing" you'll never make a purchase. Find something you like, buy it, and get some enjoyment out of using it, regardless what is coming out next year.


RE: Yet another memory type...
By Knish on 6/2/2006 4:22:01 PM , Rating: 5
SDRAM for life?


By Mudvillager on 6/2/2006 5:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
haha that made me laugh ^^


timings
By Xorp on 6/2/2006 5:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
Do the timings not suck on DDR3?




RE: timings
By Mudvillager on 6/2/2006 5:28:11 PM , Rating: 1
anyone know what ddr3 timings will be at (approximately)?


RE: timings
By theman on 6/2/2006 5:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
probably pretty high im guessing, since they are just getting the timings on ddr2 down. wouldnt be suprised if it was 4-4-4-8 or higher.


RE: timings
By menting on 6/2/2006 6:28:56 PM , Rating: 2
CAS will start from 5


RE: timings
By menting on 6/2/2006 6:44:15 PM , Rating: 4
here's a good way to look at how the lowest latencies will be.
array cycle time has historically been ~12ns for normal parts (not the fast ones that have been binned out), and it has only decreased slightly over the past few years.
DDR1 was supposed to start out at DDR266 originally. so ~6ns cycle time => 12ns/6ns = 2 clocks, so latency of 2
DDR2 started out at DDR400, so a 5ns cycle time => 12ns/5ns = 2.5, so latency of 3.
DDR3 is supposed to start out at DDR800, so a 2.5ns cycle time => 12ns/2.5ns = 4.8, so a latency of 5.


RE: timings
By Mudvillager on 6/3/2006 6:55:56 AM , Rating: 1
No use for DDR3 until maybe 2008 then...


What's the voltage?
By Torrenza on 6/2/2006 4:45:08 PM , Rating: 2
How many volts at 1600?




RE: What's the voltage?
By menting on 6/2/2006 6:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
specs will be 1.5V part


Still waiting
By phaxmohdem on 6/2/2006 4:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still waiting on their "A-Team" branded memory sticks smuggled out of a maximum security military stockade by a crack commando unit in 1972...




Just wondering...
By OmegaPrime on 6/2/2006 5:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
...will we ever see quad-pumped memory (QDR)? This reminds me of the ol' MHz race, except now it's memory...




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