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Intel's Bensley PDK speeds up FB-DIMM adoption

Posted: 07 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel? product development kit? pdk? computer memory technology? fully-buffered dual in-line memory module?

During the recently concluded Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel Corp. introduced a product development kit (PDK) that promises to accelerate the adoption of a new computer memory technology, called Fully-Buffered Dual In-Line Memory Module (fb-dimm), and other emerging technologies for Intel's first multi-core server platform, codenamed "Bensley."

The company also unveiled a labs testing program aimed at providing a centralized resource for hardware vendors developing enterprise products based new technologies, including this memory standard and Intel's *T silicon technologies.

"There's incredible industry momentum around FB-DIMM and multi-core processor technologies that enable Intel architecture platforms to achieve even higher performance," said Jim Pappas, director of initiatives, Intel Digital Enterprise Group. "The Bensley PDK and labs program provide tools that enable the industry to perfect their next-generation products. Ultimately, these programs will help accelerate the use of new technology while increasing IT managers' confidence in deploying state-of-the-art enterprise products," Pappas added.

FB-DIMM is a new memory architecture that enables memory to keep pace with processor and I/O improvements in enterprise platforms. This architecture helps deliver the speed and reliability necessary to obtain the maximum performance from multi-core processors, and uses existing, off-the-shelf DDR2 DRAM technology for its reliability and cost advantages.

According to Intel, their new Bensley Enterprise Platform PDK enables memory suppliers, OEMs and IHVs to develop compatible time-to-market products based on the "Blackford" chipset used on the Bensley platform, both of which are scheduled for introduction in the first quarter of 2006. The PDK consists of a motherboard based on Bensley platform components and is compatible with several OSes, providing a flexible development environment.

Intel also expressed plans to conduct open and private lab programs quarterly and offer lab resources online.

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