Dean Kent van Silicon Investor heeft een nieuwe Industry Update gepost, met wederom een brede doos info over de bewegingen in de processor, chipset, moederborden en geheugenmarkt:
Rambus production began again in earnest last month, in conjunction with the i820 release. Samsung expects to grab the majority of the market, particularly since Micron is does not appear anxious to get in. In addition, sources say that Intel has disqualified all Rambus memory suppliers in their qualifications, with the exception of Samsung. Reportedly, the testing was system-level and suppliers were failing due to excessive noise. These sources indicate that Toshiba proposed a mask revision to fix the problem, but Intel rejected it as too time-consuming. Intel is reportedly working on a PCB fix.
VIA is now pushing the PC2000 standard, which is DDR SDRAM. DDR, which means Double Data Rate, allows the data to be transmitted on both the rising and falling edges of the clock. While the internal DRAM speeds (and thus the latency) are the same as PC133, relatively large internal buffers allow the data to be sent out more quickly, resulting in an effective transfer rate of 266MHz. Micron has some DDR SDRAM on their roadmap for the near future, as do several other manufacturers. Once chipset support is widely available, this memory will compete head-to-head with DRDRAM.
De DDR chipset van VIA staat gepland voor het tweede kwartaal van 2000. De release date van de KX133 chipset is vooruit geschoven naar december. Check het artikel voor meer info.