Hoping to stimulate sales of higher-speed memory, Micron Technology Inc. said it may put its double-data-rate, SDRAM-enabled Samurai chipset out for license to accelerate the market's adoption of PC266 DDR devices.
Dean Klein, vice president of the integrated-products group at Boise, Idaho-based Micron, said the company “isn't in the chipset business, but [wants] to enable the early penetration of DDR memory into the market.” Klein said widespread availability of DDR chipsets is the gating function to ramping up PC266 sales.
Even sooner, perhaps by the end of this year, Klein said, point-to-point DDR SDRAMs operating at 300 MHz or more will be adopted by graphics-board suppliers for use as dedicated frame-buffer memory. Dedicated chips can operate at higher speeds because graphics memory doesn't have to adhere to the many additional specifications required for PC266 main memory, according to the company. [break] Interessanter is dat artikeltje van Silicon Investor (ik rip 'm gewoon helemaal ): [/break] Just as Advanced Memory International Inc. (AMI2) endorsed Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for its double data rate (DDR) DRAM chipset this week, sources say Apple Computer Corp. has rubber stamped its own plans to implement the next generation DRAM technology into future Apple computers. Apple is not expected to detail its plans until the first half of next year.
The news could be another indicator that DDR will make an impact next year in the marketplace, perhaps sooner than anticipated by companies and analysts alike. At the Microprocessor Forum last week, AMD revealed it would be manufacturing its own DDR chipsets for PCs. AMD expects to have DDR chipsets available by the middle of next year. It remains unclear whether Apple will develop its own chipsets for the technology or if it will use chipsets supplied by third parties. Though Apple commands a relatively small share of the total computer market, the well-known computer vendor's endorsement still provides a boost to the DDR camp. [break] Go Steve! [/break] In a side note, DRAM vendor Hyundai Microelectronics said it plans on shipping more DDR parts than RDRAM parts next year due to the current delays that have hit the next generation DRAM technology. Other DRAM makers have put their RDRAM plans on hold with some saying that current inventories are sufficient to satisfy demand for this year regardless of when Intel lifts its Camino chipset delay.