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Low-voltage DDR2 DRAM memory module cuts server power draw

Posted: 19 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DDR2 memory? DDR2 DRAM memory module? low-voltage DDR2?

Micron Technology Inc. has introduced its new Aspen memory family of energy-efficient products, featuring what it claims is the industry's first low-voltage DDR2 DRAM in reduced chip count (RCC) memory modules. These new products, the first in the Aspen memory family, are specifically designed to lower server power consumption.

The DDR2 components that are used in servers typically operate at 1.8V. By employing its process technology and innovative circuit designs, Micron said it is able to lower DDR2 voltage to an industry-leading 1.5V. Additionally, by upgrading to the company's new 1Gbit-based RCC modules from 512Mbit-based modules, memory power can be reduced even further, providing a total savings of up to 50 percent.

"There is currently a push in the IT server industry to reduce the vast amount of power consumed by data centers. To truly be effective, the issue of power consumption should be examined from all technology levels in a data center server systemall the way down to the silicon level," said Brian Shirley, VP of Micron's memory group. "Our new Aspen Memory modules provide customers with the lowest power memory solution available in the industry, with no loss in performance."

Employing the new memory modules, data centers could reduce system memory power consumption by approximately 24 percent, according to Micron.

The first products in the Aspen memory familythe LV DDR2 DRAM in RCC memory modulesare available for OEM customers.

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