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Elpida's DDR2 SDRAM hits 1-Gigabit, 512-Megabit on the 70nm process

Elpida Memory announced that it has begun mass production of 1-Gigabit and 512-Megabit DDR2 SDRAMs using 70-nanometer process technology. Manufacturing will be done at its main fab facility in Hiroshima, Japan.

The majority of DRAM on the market today is manufactured on the 90nm process. The move to 70nm process technology enables speed increases to 800MHz and 1GHz and a reduction in chip size. The move also allows for incrementally more chips per DRAM wafer which decreases per-unit manufacturing costs.

A 1-Gb and 512-Mb DDR2 SDRAM using 70nm process technology can be used in many applications, including high-end servers that need to process large amounts of data, high-performance mobile equipment, HDTVs, DVD recorders, DSLR cameras and other digital consumer equipment that must have advanced image processing capabilities.

Elpida plans to make aggressive use of its new 70nm process technology in the production of memory for mobile phones and other mobile equipment and in memory products used in high-end digital consumer equipment and across the entire server/PC market. Production of DDR2 SDRAM using 70nm processing has already started and the first product shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

Elpida is currently also working with NEC and Oki to develop memory packaging technology that places eight memory chips and one controller chip in a vertical stack, with 3D connections between the chips.

In late August, memory competitor Samsung started mass production of 1-Gb DDR2 DRAM on an 80nm process and in October announced that it had developed the first 50nm DRAM prototype. Samsung yesterday showcased the industry's first gigabit mobile DRAM.

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By Hawkido on 12/28/2006 11:31:17 AM , Rating: 1
I hope this drops prices. While Memory prices aren't bad, I think $20 to $30 less per gig would have convinced me to buy 2 gig instead of just 1 gig on my new computer. I live life on a budget, but play games like there is no tomorrow. Plus, I work on my computer as well... sometimes... in between games...

RE: Prices
By yacoub on 12/28/2006 1:41:51 PM , Rating: 3
prices aren't bad?? they're still at least $50 higher than they were about a year ago. just go to Anandtech's RTPE and check out DDR2 price charts for specific modules to see how much they went up. bah. =(

RE: Prices
By Hawkido on 12/28/2006 2:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
Just because prices went up doesn't make them bad. There is an acceptable price range for everything. However, once the price climbs to the point where you don't buy the product or not as much of it, then you start getting into the bad territory. The only customers you will have the those who have to have the product out of necessity. You may not buy a new computer, till the prices of memory drop. A hospital will pay what ever they have to to upgrade their servers, because their software demands more of them and it is essential.

RE: Prices
By BladeVenom on 12/28/2006 4:51:11 PM , Rating: 2
It does make them bad prices. Prices for all the other components of my computer have gone down. Prices are almost always continually going down for PC parts.

RE: Prices
By Christopher1 on 12/29/2006 5:13:12 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I always wondered myself why memory prices were so expensive right now (100 dollars for a Gig of memory).

Doesn't seem like it should be that way, considering that two years ago when I was buying memory for my old EMachines, 512 mb was 80 dollars. The prices should be about half of what they are right now, I think that they are being fixed.

By InternetGeek on 12/28/2006 2:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
I just increased my laptop's ram to 2gb fom 1gb. I would have loved to jump to 4gb in one step but the price is prohibitive in my case. I'm all in for anything that translates into ower prices for the final user.

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