Lower power consumption, longer battery life

Qimonda has announced it has delivered the first DDR3 SO-DIMM samples to ATI. DDR3 consumes less power than DDR2 and is expected to arrive in systems in 2007. It’s unsure which chipset ATI is validating with Qimonda DDR3 modules, though it’s more likely a mobile variant of a RS700, as early RS600 information makes no mention of DDR3 memory support.

Current shipping Qimonda DDR3 modules operate at 800 MHz or 1066 MHz and require only 1.5 volts compared to current DDR2’s 533 MHz, 667 MHz and 800 MHz speeds and 1.8 volts power requirement. Qimonda DDR3 modules use 512Mbit memory chips that were co-developed with Nanya Technology Inc.

DDR3 is expected in upcoming AMD K8L processors and SIS 665 Intel north bridge. A-Data previously announced DDR3 modules at Computex too. Qimonda is a spin-off company of Infineon Technologies that previously went public on the New York Stock Exchange.

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