Elpida announces today that his 512 Megabit DDR2 SDRAM devices have passed Kingston his Technology's Verification Testing.
As part of its DDR2 dual in-line memory module (DIMM) verification testing, Kingston built 512 Megabyte unbuffered DIMMs using Elpida's DDR2 components. Kingston's modules were then tested to ensure compliance with JEDEC's DDR2 specification. DDR2 unbuffered DIMMs are considered a key element in next-generation high-performance desktop computers in 2004.
DDR2 memory is rated at 1.8 Volts, delivering better power consumption and thermal performance, and can support data speeds of up to 667 MHz. Kingston's DDR2 DIMMs offer a peak data transfer rate of 4.3 Gigabytes per second (PC2-4300), or up to 8.6 Gigabytes per second in dual-channel configurations.
Elpida's DDR2 components realize a 50% power reduction over DDR1 components. In addition, Elpida's advanced 0.11 micron process technology allows for high yields on DDR2 products.
"Kingston has been working with its key DRAM suppliers, such as Elpida, on readying DDR2 memory technology for introduction in 2004" said Al Soni, Vice-President, Strategic Alliances, Kingston. "DDR2 memory will present technology transition challenges to the memory module industry, and Kingston has already upgraded its manufacturing facilities to provide high-volume production capacity of DDR2 modules. DDR2 memory devices will be packaged in Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) packages."
Kingston expects to start sampling DDR2 development memory modules to leading chipset and motherboard manufacturers by the end of 2003.