Infineon and Nanya, two well-known names in the RAM industry, especially for system integrators, are jointly developing a 60NM
process for DRAM, improving significantly the current process used as the industry standard. Although the partnership itself doesn't mean much to us, the improvement in technology does. What would a 60NM process mean for desktop computers? Continued increase in the clockspeeds of RAM and reduction in power consumption (relatively), without having to continually resort to higher and higher timings or heavy heatsinks. It's not that far off, too, which is a good thing.
”The first 300mm wafer memory products using the new 60nm process is expected to leave the production line in 2008.”
DDR-2 is already proving to be very popular and the clockspeeds for it are ramping up very quickly. You can already get a few DDR2-800 modules. Without adding at least passive cooling, there's not a lot of headway there... and this is the next step.