Anand heeft op z'n frontpage een interessante posting geplakt over de Intel i820 en VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset. Hij spreekt over een nieuwe type SDRAM geheugen, dat ondersteund wordt door Apollo Pro chipset en sneller is dan het huidige PC133 SDRAM:
Right now I'm working on Monday's review which will be a comparison between the Intel 820 and the VIA Apollo Pro 133A (AGP4X support). The Apollo Pro 133A is being benchmarked with SDRAM and another type of SDRAM as well (no, not DDR but close, think less vaporware). The initial benchmarks are indicating that Intel finally has good competition from a VIA chipset in terms of performance across the board (including in games). What am I talking about? The 5 - 10% loss in gaming performance doesn't seem to be present with this chipset, why? Well, you'll just have to wait until Monday for that. At the same time, Intel is pushing for the release of the i820 in 1999. This is good news but then again, we didn't expect to have to wait for the i820 in 2000 now did we? If VIA can pull through with the Apollo Pro 133A (denoted by the 82C694X North Bridge) and this other (I'm going crazy with the HTML tags tonight) type of SDRAM then Intel may have quite a bit of competition on their hands. [break] Ik vermoed dat-ie het hier over VCM SDRAM heeft, dit type geheugen wordt namelijk in de press release van VIA genoemd. Ik heb 't ff in een search engine gegooid en kwam op deze page van Techworks.co.uk: [/break] Virtual Channel Memory is a memory core technology that is compatible with standard memory architectures, and offers higher data transfer rates by enabling the memory core to read and write data to memory cells without the bottle necks that can occur in conventional memory cores. VCM thus achieves bigger performance gains than could be achieved by increasing the clock frequency of the memory device.
VCM has been adopted by the industry's Joint Electron Device Engineering Standards (JEDEC) body, as a memory standard and 64Mb VCM SDRAMs are currently available in three organisations (x4-, x8, x16-bit). Memory modules are currently being readied for market.