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DDR3 1Gb sampling and 2Gb in development

Only now is DDR2 hitting the mainstream, but that’s not stopping Micron Technology from introducing today a 1Gb DDR3 chip. To be available in various output configurations (x4, x8 and x16), Micron’s JEDEC-compliant DDR3 promises faster speeds, lower power and increased memory density. Prior to this development, 512Mb was the upper range in DDR3 density. 

"We are excited to introduce the world's first 1Gb DDR3 components," said Brian Shirley, vice president of Micron's memory group. "Micron's strength in advanced DRAM technology has given us the industry leading position in high density memory solutions." 

Manufactured on Micron's 78nm process technology, its DDR3 products will support data rates of 800 MT/s to 1,600 MT/s with clock frequencies of 400 MHz to 800 MHz respectively, doubling the speed from DDR2. Another improvement that will be particularly attractive to notebook makers is DDR3’s up to 30 percent decrease in power consumption. 

"Early 2007 should bring memory thirsty computing and consumer applications, such as Microsoft's anticipated Vista operating system. DDR3 will initially benefit the server, notebook, and desktop markets and will then reach consumer applications such as graphics and HDTVs," said Shane Rau, senior analyst of IDC, a market intelligence firm. 

Micron expects production to begin early next year, which should be well before Intel releases its "Bearlake" chipsets that support DDR3. A 2Gb DDR3 device is also expected to be available from Micron early next year, helping to enable even higher density applications.

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good news indeed
By AzureKevin on 9/25/2006 7:40:42 PM , Rating: 2
It's almost time for me to ditch DDR1 and get DDR2. Oh shucks.

RE: good news indeed
By dcalfine on 9/25/2006 7:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
i mean, don't hold your butts.
DDR3 won't be supported until bearlake (late 2007?) and won't be accepted as the standard until like 2008. I'm sticking with FB-DIMMs myself.

RE: good news indeed
By JeffDM on 9/25/2006 11:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
Current FB-DIMMs are mostly just an intermediate link between the memory chips and the computer system. There's probably nothing to prevent the use of DDR3 chips behind the FB-DIMM's AMB chip other than making an AMB that is DDR3 compatible.

RE: good news indeed
By Dactyl on 9/26/2006 4:02:47 AM , Rating: 3
An AMB chip running at DDR3 speeds would probably melt your server motherboard...

The real question is...
By Dactyl on 9/26/2006 5:30:20 AM , Rating: 5
A 2Gb DDR3 device is also expected to be available from Micron early next year

The question is: how will they design a heat spreader nifty enough to do justice to the fact that it's the most awesome RAM ever?

1 - OLED display showing movies

2 - Bluetooth connection so you can call it from your Treo to ask how it's doing

3 - Cover it with diamonds.

4 - Human skin, with "Micron" tattoo

RE: The real question is...
By DigitalFreak on 9/26/2006 8:12:56 AM , Rating: 2
It puts the lotion on it's skin else it gets the hose again...

good news...
By One43637 on 9/25/2006 5:49:16 PM , Rating: 2 hear. i've only had positive experiences when buying Micron branded memory.

RE: good news...
By silver on 9/27/2006 10:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
I have 3 dead cards of PC2100 registered RAM laying in front of me. I hope their lifetime warranty is still good.

RE: good news...
By Fnoob on 10/3/2006 8:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
Me 2. You want my dead dual Thunderbird board to go with those?

Wait for the Three
By mendocinosummit on 9/25/2006 8:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
I would just wait for DDR2 to get phased out until I upgrade. DDR2 has yet to get the promised price drop and there is little performance gain to invest in a soon to be outdated system.

RE: Wait for the Three
By kaborka on 9/26/2006 1:42:18 PM , Rating: 2
That's my plan. Skip DDR2 altogether. I just upgrated my AMD 939 system to hold me another year or so.

RE: Wait for the Three
By highlandsun on 9/26/2006 9:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
Likewise, just replaced my 4x512MB DDR with 4x1GB reg/ECC in my S939 system. That ought to last me until DDR3 shows up for real.

mark my words
By GhandiInstinct on 9/26/2006 3:41:46 AM , Rating: 1
XDR is the future.

RE: mark my words
By Dactyl on 9/26/2006 3:55:19 AM , Rating: 3
RE: mark my words
By miahallen on 9/26/2006 4:48:52 AM , Rating: 2

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