iXBT Labs heeft een overzicht met het hardware nieuws van de afgelopen maand neer gemikt. Hier een stukje over de bewegingen op de geheugenmarkt:
The things with DDR DRAM stood much better this month, which could probably be just an illusion on DR DRAM's background. Micron was actively promoting this memory type, having shown a few samples of memory modules on 266MHz chips, which cost less but could boast a higher bandwidth than 800MHz DR DRAM. IBM in its turn opened a new web-site supporting DDR DRAM modules and systems manufacturers. However, DDR appeared pretty successful on other fronts as well. Infineon started supplying 32Mbit 200MHz DDR SGRAM chips for the latest generation graphics cards, and Nintendo played Rambus false and decided on DDR VCM DRAM from NEC for its Dolphin.
PC133 SDRAM also kept improving towards the chip size increase. One of the leading memory modules manufacturer Corsair Micro set up the supplies of 256MB modules based on 128Mbit PC133 SDRAM chips. However, we think that the most important event in terms of memory manufacturing increase turned out the beginning of the commercial chip production on the first factory in the world using 300mm silicon wafers. This factory was Semiconductor300 - Motorola and Infineon joint venture. The most popular today 64Mbit SDRAM chips manufactured with 0.25 micron technology were the first products of this giant. Theoretically the cost of the products made from 200mm wafers is expected to be 30-40% higher than that of the products made from 300mm ones. And hence within a couple years most largest semiconductor manufacturers are about to shift to 300 wafers.
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