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DRAM advancements fuel higher performance

Posted: 01 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:dynamic RAM evolution? speed improvement DRAM? prefetch synchronous dynamic RAM?

For mainstream memory, the road is well-mapped and traveled. From fast-page (FP) mode and extended data out (EDO) to SDR, DDR and DDR2, the evolution has brought advanced architectures, faster speeds, higher densities and bandwidths, and lower supply voltages and power consumption. These significant advancements have combined to advance DRAMand the computing market segmentsto even higher performance levels.

Advancements in DRAM technology have been accompanied by the emergence of multicore processors, new operating systems, and increasingly divergent requirements across many different computing platforms and applications (e.g. servers, workstations, mass storage systems, supercomputers, PCs and peripherals). With each transition from one generation of memory to the next, memory considerations have become more complex.

The transition to DDR3 is no exception. But with a clear understanding of how main memory has evolved and the trade-offs that have occurred, designers can choose the high-performance memory device that best meets the needs of their platform, OS and application.

In this technical article, Micron Technology Inc's Kevin Kilbuck tells us more about DRAM advancements.

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