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"Hybrid Memory Cube" sounds like something out of a 80s-era science fiction movie, but as these things tend to go, sci-fi often leads to reality. More than 100 developer and adopter members of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) today announced they've reached consensus for the global standard that will deliver a much-anticipated, disruptive memory computing solution. Developed in only 17 months, the final specification marks the turning point for designers in a wide range of segments-from networking and high-performance computing, to industrial and beyond-to begin designing Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) technology into future products. A major breakthrough with HMC is the long-awaited utilization... Read more...
Kingston Technology might be known for its iconic blue heatspreaders, but that doesn't mean the company is afraid to dive deeper into its boxy of crayons. Apparently its customers have been requesting a black line of memory, and Kingston answered the call by introducing all-new black printed circuit boards (PCBs) on two of its product lines. "Our customers and fans have asked us to come out with HyperX memory featuring black PCBs to better match their system designs," said Larry Yang, HyperX business manager, Kingston. "We are able to match good looks with high performance. The black on black combination allows for easy pairing with any color component on the market." One of the aforementioned... Read more...
In the race for "smaller, faster, better," memory chip makers probably have it the toughest. They're already dealing with immensely small objects, but as software evolves, we're sure in need of lots more of the stuff to keep our app addiction on course. One of the troubles, however, is power consumption. Most consumers probably don't realize just how much energy is sucked out of their laptop, tablet and phone by nature of RAM being in there, and that's one of the things that Toshiba is looking to address with its latest introduction. The company this week announced the development of an innovative low-power technology for embedded SRAM for application in smart phones and other mobile products.... Read more...
Why choose between speed or capacity when you can have both? So proposes memory maker G.Skill, which claims its new Trident X Series 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3-2800 memory kit (F3-2800C11Q-32GTXD) is the fastest clocked 32GB kit you'll find on the entire planet. "Being the first to introduce such large capacity memory kit running at an incredible speed of 2800MHz, G.Skill continues to impress power users/professional overclockers by offering the best memory solution with highest quality," G.Skill said in a statement. The kit consists of four sticks of 8GB memory modules. Alone or apart, they're rated to run at C11-13-13-35 at 1.65V. G.Skill mentions they're a perfect complement to Z77-based boards running... Read more...
Attention DIY yourself system builders and upgraders, if you're thinking about adding more RAM to your system, you may not want to sit on the fence too much longer. According to DRAMeXchange, DRAM contract prices continue to rise, increasing by 2 percent on average in the first half of December, and still going up. The research firm says that 4GB modules rose the most, jumping 3.17 percent. Given that RAM prices have pretty much hit rock bottom, these bumps translate into nominal price increases, but hey, every dollar counts in this economy. More importantly, however, this could be just the beginning. "From the market perspective, as the Korean makers plan to drastically cut PC DRAM production... Read more...
With so much attention being paid Ultrabooks, now and for the foreseeable future, Patriot Memory figured it might as well launch a memory line specifically for these types of systems. Hence today's unveiling of the company's "Memory for Ultrabook" line, which consist of ultra low power (ULP) SODIMMs compatible with Intel's 3rd Generation Core processor family. “Patriot Memory and Intel have been leaders in delivering the fastest and most optimized technologies for mobile platforms," said William Lai, Director of Product Management at Patriot Memory. "We’re excited to have Intel’s support as we launch our Memory for Ultrabook SODIMM memory. These modules will provide excellent... Read more...
Is the world okay as-is with just DDR2 and DDR3 memory? Perhaps. We could get by, yes, but what about pushing the envelope? What about faster, faster, faster? Well, it's about time for memory to take the next major leap in speed. JEDEC, a known name in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced the initial publication of its widely-anticipated Synchronous DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) standard. That's DDR4, for those keeping count, which will offer "a range of innovative features designed to enable high speed operation and broad applicability in a variety of applications including servers, laptops, desktop PCs and consumer products." To facilitate comprehension... Read more...
It's just a matter of time before phones and tablets alike start shipping with triple digits worth of storage. Not today, but soon. And Samsung's getting us even closer. The company has just announced the mass production of the industry's highest density (128GB) embedded NAND storage. The kicker here is the size; it's all packed into a chip that's no bigger than the standard chips shipping today with 16GB or 32GB onboard, but obviously there's way more room for media, movies, e-mails, etc. Samsung's eMMC Pro cards read data sequentially at up to 140 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write it at up to 50MB/s, which is five times faster than Class-10 rated external memory cards. Per usual, Samsung's... Read more...
If you're thinking about upgrading your RAM or purchasing a pre-built PC on a strict budget, just hang tight for a New York minute. According to reports, DRAM inventory is on the rise, and that could translate into cheaper memory kits or prebuilt PCs with more RAM in the not too distant future. A weak PC market combined with the impending release of Windows 8 has led to a slowdown in PC sales, leaving OEMs with a stockpile of DRAM. In fact, bulk OEMs are now reportedly sitting on two to three months of DRAM inventory, compared to four to six weeks previously. With that being the case, memory prices are likely to fall towards the end of the third quarter, and perhaps into the fourth. By the end... Read more...
Idaho's finest memory maker has just announced something that could have huge implications in the mobile realm. Micron has just introduced phase change memory for mobile devices. It's an industry first, touting 45nm PCM for mobile products that feature 1-gigabit PCM plus 512-megabit LPDDR2 in a multichip package. That's a lot of words, but it could mean more memory for smaller devices. Here's Micron on the matter: "PCM provides enhanced boot time, simplifies software development and boosts performance with overwrite capability. It also provides very low power consumption and extremely high reliability. In addition, the design-optimizing shared interface between LPDDR2 and PCM is fully compliant... Read more...
Lest anyone forget that Samsung dabbles in more areas than just displays, the technology guru has just begun sampling what it claims is the world's first 16GB double data rate-4 (DDR4), registered dual inline memory modules (RDIMMs), which at the outset are designed for use in enterprise class servers. Samsung said it's sampling both 8GB and 16GB DDR4 memory modules, which it produces using a 30nm-class process technology. These aren't the first DDR4 modules, however, as Samsung unveiled 2GB DDR4 memory sticks way back in December 2010. "By launching these new high-density DDR4 modules, Samsung is embracing closer technical cooperation with key CPU and server companies for development of next-generation... Read more...
As devices shrink, so too much storage. It's just how it goes. SSDs have taken the place of HDDs in tighter tablets and notebooks, and Samsung is hoping to squeeze even more out of every memory chip it makes, too. With smartphones becoming a larger piece of the company's bottom line, it makes sense to introduce the industry's first four gigabit (Gb), low power double-data-rate 2 (LPDDR2) memory using 20 nanometer (nm) class technology. The mobile DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which went into mass production last month, will help the market to "deliver advanced devices that are faster, lighter and provide longer battery life than today's mobile devices." Sure sounds good to us. Clearly,... Read more...
Increasingly, memory is becoming a major issue. More than other forms of storage, and in some cases, more than other major components in a mobile device. RAM is getting so cheap that it's actually a viable alternative to HDD-based storage, and there's plenty of room for collaboration from the major companies in the RAM race. Today, Microsoft joined the Hybrid Memory Cube consortium, which is being headed up by Micron Technology. The HMCC is a collaboration of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), enablers and integrators who are cooperating to develop and implement an open interface standard for an innovative new memory technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). Micron and Samsung, the... Read more...
With an eye towards micro server applications and enterprise cloud computing solutions, ADATA rolled out a brand new line of DDR3L ECC SO-DIMM memory modules featuring low voltage, large densities, and rapid processing capabilities.. There are 1333MHz and 1600MHz kits available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, each of which requires 1.35V, according to ADATA's spec sheet. "ADATA DDR3L ECC SO-DIMM fully meets the requirements of most high density and energy efficiency micro-servers. They are also the first memory module running at 1.35V that can fully support low voltage CPUs and make the most of processing efficiency and computing density," Jacky Yang, product manager at ADATA, said in a statement.... Read more...
Microsoft and Samsung may be rivals in a lot of ways, but in the tech universe, even competitors can put their differences aside and come together at times. These two have recently announced their intentions to cooperate of more efficient cloud implementations, testing our servers that utilize the world's first 20nm class Green Memory in Munich. A system based on Samsung’s 20nm-class DDR3 memory and solid state drives (SSDs) together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V proved to be twice as fast as current memory configurations for servers setting up virtual machine instances and recovering data in private cloud environments. These advanced configurations also consumed as... Read more...
According to HWBot, the world record for memory overclocking has fallen again. Christian Ney, a Swiss overclocker, hit DDR3-3736MHz with a 4GB G.Skill RipjawZ DIMM. He used liquid nitrogen to keep the processor and memory cool, down to -197 degree C both at idle and under load. The screenshots of CPU-Z tell the tale. The memory was set to timings of 11 (CAS), 13 (RAS to CAS delay), 13 (RAS precharge), 36 (tRAS cycle time). Ney’s rig consisted of the aforementioned G.Skill memory as well as an AMD A8-3870K processor, Voodoo3 2000 PCI (Avenger) graphics card, Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H motherboard, 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, and a 750W X-Series PSU. Image credit: Christian Ney, via HWBot Remember kids,... Read more...
Another day, another monster memory kit. Super Talent announced the Quadra series of DDR3 memory, which is designed to complement Intel Core i7 six-core processors. The overclocked kits, which total 32GB (8 x 4GB DIMMs) are validated with the X79 chipset and are available in 1600MHz or 1866MHz. Super Talent says the kits are available now, although we couldn’t find any for sale online. Super Talent introduces Overclocked Quad Channel DDR3 Kits A full 32GB of memory for gamers and enthusiasts San Jose, California – February 3, 2012 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND flash solutions, today announces their Quadra series, overclocked, quad-channel DDR3 memory... Read more...
Fancy yourself too cool for regular RAM that any ordinary Joe can get their hands on? Then what you're looking for is a kit made out of Northern White Rhinoceros hide or some other critically endangered species. Of course if you find one, it'll cost a king's ransom and you'll be letting the world know your moral compass is severely busted (note to PETA: we don't condone RAM made out of animals, though we do enjoy a juicy steak from time to time). We're already digressing, so let's get on point. Kingston Technology today announced a new HyperX Red Limited Edition memory series, so you can feel special about your memory without running afoul of any laws or moral codes. Sleek and aggressive looking... Read more...
Two of the major needs of mobile device components are lower power consumption and greater speed. Elpida Memory’s next-gen 4Gb Wide IO Mobile RAM and DDR3 Mobile RAM (LPDDR3) are designed to address both of these issues. The Wide IO Mobile RAM boasts 12.8GBps per chip at 200MHz by using the extra-wide x512-bit data width and a purported 50% drop in power consumption. Elpida’s new LPDDR3 memory offers twice the data rate as LPDDR2, at 6.4GBps or 12.8GBps depending on configuration, and claims it consumes 25% less power. Elpida will soon develop two-layer 8-gigabit and four-layer 16-gigabit products based on the new RAM platforms. Meanwhile, mass production of the Wide IO Mobile and... Read more...
If you spot a good deal on DRAM and could use an upgrade, you may want to pull the trigger rather than wait and hope prices will fall even further. According to Adata CEO Simon Chen, DRAM prices are likely to rebound in January 2012, mostly because of cuts in DRAM output made earlier in the year. The effects of those cuts are about to take effect, especially as PC makers get ready to replenish their inventories, Chen warns. Chen was also quick to point that Adata is one of two companies that kept a steady focus on DRAM modules (Kingston is the other), while most other companies shifted the bulk of their operations away from system memory in order to focus on NAND flash memory for SSDs and other... Read more...
Feel like getting drunk with DRAM? Want to have the ultimate memory bragging rights? If you look up the definition of "overkill" in the dictionary, do you want to see a picture of your motherboard in there? Answer 'yes' to all three questions and you're a prime candidate for MSI's X79A-GD45 (8D) motherboard, a slice of silicon with support for an insane amount of quad-channel memory, or more specifically, up to 128GB. No, that's not a typo, at least not on our part. According to MSI, this board's eight DIMM slots support up to 128GB of RAM, likely far more than you'll ever need for the life of your system. It's an absolutely crazy proposition for the average user, but for power users who do more... Read more...
Do you feel like your notebook is a little lean on RAM? If so, a new offering from AVADirect may be at the top of your holiday wish list. AVADirect has announced tested compatibility for 32GB RAM kits in over a dozen laptops from Celvo, MSI, and Asus. All of the compatible notebooks feature Intel's Sandy Bridge platform and offer 17.3 or 15.6-inch displays. Pricing will vary depending on the model and how much system RAM comes pre-configured by default. AVADirect Now Offers 32Gb of RAM In Clevo, MSI and Asus Gaming Notebooks AVADirect, a leading custom computer manufacturer, announces tested compatibility for 32GB RAM Kits now featured in the Clevo P170HM, P151HM, MSI GT780DXR-405US,... Read more...
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