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Concerned about voltage and SRAM? Your nerd card is approved. Fujitsu Semiconductor and SuVolta have demonstrated the ultra-low voltage operation of SRAM down to ~0.4V, which is just staggering in perspective. The low-voltage operation of SRAM (static random access memory) blocks down to 0.425V by integrating SuVolta's PowerShrink low-power CMOS platform into Fujitsu Semiconductor's low-power process technology. By reducing power consumption, these technologies will make possible the ultimate in "ecological" products in the near future. Technology details and results will be presented at the 2011 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) being held in Washington DC, starting December 5th.... Read more...
Boasting, are we? Corsair has just announced that a new overclocking world record has been set. One that apparently shatters the previous memory frequency world record with a custom-built liquid nitrogen cooled system. The record? They hit a memory frequency of 1733.8MHz (DDR3-3467) using Corsair Dominator GT CMGTX6 extreme-performance DDR3 memory. World champion overclocker and Corsair employee Jake "Planet" Crimmins set the new record at Corsair's laboratory with a custom-designed, liquid nitrogen cooled PC based on an AMD FX-8150 processor and equipped with 1GB of Dominator GT extreme-performance DDR3 memory. The system was powered by a Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 fully modular... Read more...
System memory isn't the cause of your high energy bill at home -- check your fully loaded entertainment center instead -- but when it comes to servers and server farms, low power memory can have a real impact on a company's bottom line. It's the reason why memory makers develop so-called "green" memory, such as Super Talent's new Green-Line VLP These are low-profile, eco-friendly DDR3 memory modules featuring lower operating voltages. There are five new dual-channel kits in all, each one 4GB in capacity, rated at 1600MHz, and standing just 0.72 inches short, equal to a 39 percent reduction compared to regular RDIMMS, Super Talent says. No word on price or availability.... Read more...
Ever heard of a "memory wall?" You have now, and evidently Micron and Samsung are working together to break it all down. Both companies are obviously big players in the memory space, and the two have launched the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium, with the goal of accelerating Hybrid Memory Cube technology development and adoption. Hybrid Memory Cube is a revolutionary innovation in DRAM memory architecture that breaks through the memory wall, setting a new standard for performance, power efficiency, reliability and cost. The Consortium will bring together OEMs, enablers and integrators committed to delivering the promise of HMC to a range of applications, including networking, storage and high-performance... Read more...
Corsair just sent us word that its recently announced Special Edition Arctic White Vengeance Low Profile memory is now shipping and ready for purchase. This low profile kit operates at 1.35V and is aimed at ultra-quiet systems and other low-voltage applications that don't require obnoxiously loud cooling solutions. Each dual-channel 8GB DDR3-1600 kit contains "two rigorously-screened 4GB DDR3 DRAM modules," Corsair says, and the memory maker guarantees they'll run at 1600MHz with a tested latency of 9-9-9-24 or they'll give you a million dollars (wait, that can't be right, mostly because we made it up. It's much more likely they're swap your kit out for one that runs as advertised). "Vengeance... Read more...
ReRAM? Yep, it's real, but it's not the kind of stuff you slap into a DIMM in order to run Photoshop with less lag. Samsung's working on a new and improved version of their rewritability and speed of resistance random access memory (ReRAM), which is said to be a next-gen nonvolatile memory. The real standout feature is that it can switch as fast as 10ns, which makes it perfect for nonvolatile working memory. That's around one million times faster than that of existing flash memory, just to give you a better idea. What does that mean for your future? It's hard to say right now. This is all quite a long ways out from reality, but it could mean faster chips, storage and overall performance on everything... Read more...
Analyst firm IHS reports that chip supplier inventories have risen for the seven consecutive month. The continued rise in inventories reflects a general belief that consumer demand for electronic products will soon increase, though economic indicators are somewhat sketchy on this point. "Increases in stockpiles during the first quarter reflect efforts by semiconductor suppliers to rebuild inventory for products that were in short supply during the capacity crunch of 2010,” said Sharon Stiefel, analyst for semiconductor intelligence at IHS. “Suppliers also are moving to strategically build for the higher demand expected later this year. In a fortuitous stroke of good timing, semiconductor... Read more...
With memory companies so focused on solid state drives these days, it's nice to see an old stalwart release new high-end memory kits. That's what we have with Crucial, who today announced two new product line additions to its popular Ballistix brand: Crucial Ballistix Tactical and Crucial Ballistix Elite. The Ballistix Tactical series takes aim power users, gamers, and enthusiasts by combining high frequencies with low latency settings. These will feature a black PCB, integrated heatspreader with a revamped Ballistix logo, and ship in both DDR2 and DDR3 form. Crucial's Ballistix Elite will only ship in DDR3 form and is designed for "extreme enthusiasts and gamers," Crucial says. Look for frequencies... Read more...
The braggarts over at Kingston Technology have reason to beat their chests and toot their own horns today. That's because Intel just crowned Kingston's ridiculously fast HyperX 2133MHz SO-DIMM 4GB notebook memory kits with its XMP certification, making these notebook modules the first and fastest to be validated, Kingston says. Adorned with Kingston's familiar blue heatspreaders, the company's 2133Mhz HyperX 4GB SO-DIMM (KHX2133C9S3K2/4GX) memory kits are tested at 2133MHz using CL9-11-9-27 timings at 1.5 volts. Kingston says it uses an ASRock HD65-MXM motherboard and Intel's second generation Core i7 2920XM processor to test these kits, which are designed to "push the current frequency boundaries... Read more...
Corsair is on a rampage at Computex. New cases, new PSUs, and now, new DDR3 memory. The company has just announced new Vengeance low-profile, high-performance DDR3 memory kits, with reduced-height heat spreaders that are ideal for space-constrained applications. The Vengeance LP is he latest in the Veng series, with these guys featuring heat spreaders with a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25 millimeters), compared to the standard height of 1.87" (47.37 millimeters). These modules are designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or other space-constrained applications that prevent the use of standard Vengeance memory. Vengeance LP memory kits... Read more...
There goes Samsung, innovating on the memory front once again. The company has just started to mass produce 30-nanometer 32GB memory modules, which are said to be aimed specifically at the cloud computing and advanced server system market. Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics, had this to say about the announcement: "With this module, Samsung has secured the highest level of product and solution competitiveness in the DRAM market for PC, server and mobile applications. We also plan to ship more energy-efficient 4Gb DDR3 DRAM based on 20nm-class process technology in the second half of this year, which will significantly expand the rapidly growing... Read more...
Faster, denser RAM may seem a bit boring at first glance, but it's hardly so. Faster memories make for faster computers, and new introductions in this sector lead to lower overall rates. Samsung has just revealed their newest product: 64Gb toggle DDR 2.0 NAND flash memory with a whopping 400Mbps transfer rate. The best part is that this isn't a pipe dream; this is reality, and it's already reaching the production stage. It's being called the industry's first production of a high-performance toggle DDR 2.0 multi-level-cell (MLC) memory chip, with the new module featuring a 64 gigabit (Gb) density, made possible by using an advanced 20 nanometer class process technology. The chip is designed to... Read more...
Plug-and-play, you say? Sounds good to us! Kingston Technology is back on the block with a new set of memory modules, and these are apparently even easier to get going than your average DIMM. They're the industry's first modules with Sandy Bridge-ready frequencies, and the plug-and-play nature utilizes JEDEC-compliant 1600MHz, 1866MHz values. The Hyper PnP series are designed specifically to work well with the second-generation Core i5 / i7 CPUs, and there's no BIOS tweaking needed. In addition, the modules are backwards compatible with previously released DDR3 systems on the market. Pricing ranges from $67 for a 4GB kit to $163 for 8GB of Non-ECC in SODIMM form, and all of 'em should be on sale... Read more...
A high-performance gaming rig is only as strong as its memory, and G.Skill is one of the world leaders when it comes to high performance RAM. If you're in need of a memory boost, or you're building a new machine with performance in mind, the company's new Sniper series is worth a look. It's designed in ultra-low voltage, particularly 1.25V. That can save up to 10% on electricity drain, and it will also enable power-minded gamers to push the boundaries without too many overheating problems. Or, no overheating problems if you don't take things to the extreme. The kits that are shipping are rather large, in terms of capacity. There's a 4GB x 2 kit and a 4GB x 6 kit, so don't even bother looking... Read more...
Kingston's HyperX memory line has been sporting those trademark blue heatspreaders for as long as we can remember, and they still are, only now they've been updated a tad. The new look HyperX Genesis line now boasts a blue color heatspreader with a military/ballistic trim running across the top, similar to what you'd find on the Genesis Special Edition Grey modules designed for Intel's Sandy Bridge platform. Other than the new digs, the HyperX line is exactly as you remember it, right down to the SKUs. Part numbers and performance will remain the same, as will the frequencies. Kingston says it's currently transitioning all SKUs in the Genesis family to use the the new heatspreader, which range... Read more...
Lookie here, more RAM! Earlier in the week, Kingston dished out new mobile memory. Today, it's the desktop side getting some attention. The company has just released their HyperX T1 Black DDR3 triple-channel memory kits, which are designed to work flawlessly alongside the Core i7-990X chipset and X58-based motherboards. The kits are available with 3 or 6 modules, with capacities up to 24GB. As usual, these new Black kits are totally down with overclocking, and should provide the best in performance. They'll arrive in 6GB, 12GB and 24GB kits with a 1600MHz DDR3 clock rate, and there's a video below showcasing the new stuff in a G1-Killer mobo configuration. Pricing? $104, $190 and $379 in order... Read more...
'Tis the season...for new memory modules? Hot on the heels of a new HyperX release by Kingston, Corsair has just announced that their Cerulean Blue Vengence high-performance RAM modules are now on sale. These are DDR3 kits designed to make your system scream (and your wallet too), with blue heat spreaders that beg for a clear enclosure to show 'em off. The company claims that this memory line is perfect for performance junkies and those who just love to overclock, and they work well with Intel's new 2nd-gen Core family of processors. ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte motherboards are all checked off, and they can be found in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB kits. Pricing, however, remains a mystery for now. Corsair Announces... Read more...
Kingston -- always looking to one-up the competition. Nothing wrong with that of course, but you best stay away from these guys if you hate things like "best, fastest and greatest." The company's newest memory modules aren't modest in the least. In fact, these newly released modules are hailed as the fastest notebook memory for Intel's Core Mobile CPU family (Huron River). They fall into the HyperX line of high-performance RAM sticks, and they support the newest, 2nd-gen Core Mobile processors. It's a 1600MHz SO-DIMM that's perfect for notebooks and Mini-ITX motherboards, with the company selling them as dual-channel plug and play CL9 memory kits. They're available starting this week as 4GB and... Read more...
In lieu of our regularly scheduled episode of Two and a Half Geeks this week, we decided to feature a rather lengthy video we put together with our podcast host, Iyaz, for his show This Old Nerd, detailing the steps necessary to assemble a system from start to finish. One of Marco’s incredibly cute daughters also makes a few surprise cameos throughout the vid if you pay attention to what’s going on in the background... For many of you HotHardware regulars, this video may be a bit elementary, but if you’ve never built a system before or have friends or family thinking about taking the plunge, we hope this helps demystify some of the process. A special thanks goes out to our friends... Read more...
The DRAM market isn't exactly raining down riches on memory makers at the moment, but apparently there's still money to be made, and not always on the home consumer side. Kingston, which plays both sides of the field (desktops and servers), just announced that its ValueRAM Server Premier series of DDR3 has been independently validated for use with Super Micro Computer server boards. "System builders and integrators have long used Super Micro's high-quality server boards in a multitude of platforms," said Hanni Eid, ValueRAM server business manager, Kingston. "Our Server Premier line offers unique features in addition to being fully AVL-validated and compatible with these builds. To make it easier... Read more...
Are you a hardcore overclocker? Do you never settle for factory, always pushing your gear to the absolute limit? If so, this record will most likely interest you. The Corsair Dominator GT was just used in a world record breaking journey. The DDR3 memory was the memory of choice when used to shatter the MaxxMem benchmark record with Intel's 2nd-generation Core family of processors. Yeah, Sandy Bridge! Renowned extreme overclockers “splmann,” aka Roger Tanner, and "Mat", aka Matthias Zronek, posted a list-topping score of 2711.5 marks running at 1,148 MHz at CL7-7-6-21 at 1T. "We’ve broken several records with Corsair Dominator GT memory," stated Roger Tanner and Matthias Zronek.... Read more...
Consumers may see the end-product side of Samsung the most. Things like Samsung notebooks, Samsung HDTVs, Samsung hard drives. But Samsung is actually much more than what you see at Best Buy. The company has huge investments in the memory sector, and it's clear by the sheer quantity of news coming out of their semiconductor department that the gears really are turning. This week, the company announced the development of the industry's first DDR4 DRAM using 30nm-class technology. Dong Soo Jun, president, memory division, Samsung Electronics noted the following: "The new DDR4 DRAM will build even greater confidence in our cutting-edge green memory, particularly when we introduce four-gigabit (Gb)... Read more...
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