EBN Online meldt dat NEC is begonnen met het samplen van de eerste 128Mbit Virtual Channel SDRAMs. Massa produktie van de VCM SDRAM chips staat gepland voor april:
NEC Corp. today said it has begun sampling a 128-Mbit SDRAM using a Virtual Channel Memory core architecture, the highest density yet for the company's new chip design.
Volume production of the 128-Mbit VCM version will begin in April. NEC introduced the virtual-channel concept in 1997, tapping temporary channels between memory cells and I/O pins to read and write data in parallel with other SDRAM chip operations.
To date, Hyundai MicroElectronics and Infineon Technologies AG have licensed NEC's VCM design. The 128-Mbit version will be available in both PC100 and PC133 SDRAM devices in a two-bank configuration. Pricing was not disclosed.