Elpida begins sampling 80nm DDR2 parts

By Justin Mann on December 20, 2005, 11:11 AM
In a press release yesterday, Elpida announced they had started shipping units of 2 Gigabit DDR2 SDRAM on an 80nm process to their vendors. Initially for sampling only, these newer modules will be some of the very first 80nm modules available to the market, bringing the already low power DDR2 a step down even further in power consumption and raising the bar for potential clockspeed.

"Inherent in the 80 nm production process technology is the fact that devices using this process will be even smaller in size, although their density is greater," said Jun Kitano, director of technical marketing for Elpida Memory (USA) Inc
This will potentially bring prices down for DDR2 as well, though recently it is actually at comparable price levels when put against DDR. .




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vnf4ultra said:
I've never heard of process technology quoted in reference to memory, what is regular ddr2 memory? 110nm? 90nm?I guess this is the same as cpus, where reducing the size of the parts makes the parts cheaper to produce since they don't use as much supplies to make.
Bartzy said:
When AM2 will get out, I think there will be a lot of interest in DDR2. In the meanwhile, people continue buying DDR for their A64 systems, and the difference in performance between DDR and DDR2 is just not an excuse for buying an Intel system.Making DDR2 power consumption even better is great. It will give the modules better Overclocking options and will be cooler. The lower prices is also an important factor in this change. Way to go Elpida :)
asphix said:
[b]Originally posted by Bartzy:[/b][quote]Making DDR2 power consumption even better is great. It will give the modules better Overclocking options and will be cooler. The lower prices is also an important factor in this change. Way to go Elpida :)[/quote]Not only that, this will allow the trend of "smaller is better" to be extended even further. Heat and space issues are becoming more and more of an issue as computers are looking to fill in areas other than under a desk.HTPCs, computers in cars, your living room etc etc etc. Its neat to see how the "little things" eventually all come together to add up to great advancements in technology and the way we use it :)
PanicX said:
I've found that DDR2 is actually cheaper than DDR and has been for a while. Especially if you search for high capasity chips. Try and find any 2Gb DDR DIMM for less than any 2GB DDR2 DIMM.
nimo333 said:
[quote]Not only that, this will allow the trend of "smaller is better" to be extended even further. Heat and space issues are becoming more and more of an issue as computers are looking to fill in areas other than under a desk.[/quote]I find buying RAM with golden casing (casing, heat sink? whatever the name is) to be very useful for cooling off the Ram so you really don't need to worry about heating. + heating your room is useful especially if you are living in the winter in Michigan state.[Edited by nimo333 on 2005-12-20 17:15:35]
nimo333 said:
Da*n it, I cannot delete this extra post that I made, that's so stupid.
mentaljedi said:
Go green power! Less power comsuption yet more memory that push prices down? SOmebody pinch me!
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