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. .