As predicted by many last year, Intel is set to begin a transition
to DDR3 memory in as early as a year, phasing out the already short-lived DDR2 standard. DDR3 will sit alongside DDR2 for a while, as DDR2 and DDR currently do, and is planned to reach speeds as high as 1.33GHz in three years, more than triple the average DDR2 speed currently. Many manufacturers such as Infineon, Elpida and the memory giant Samsung have already been producing DDR3, and have been refining it for some time, submitting specifications for other companies. There are also rumors of AMD making a switch to DDR3 sometime in the near future, making DDR2 the perhaps shortest-lived member of the DDR family.