Hynix Semiconductor announced that they are going to mass produce DDR I SDRAM memory chips officially certified to run at 550MHz starting from April 2004.
Hynix's DDR550 design targets PC enthusiasts requiring faster memory devices. For customers looking to upgrade their PCs to DDR2 SDRAM, the new DDR550 provides an ideal alternative by simply replacing installed memory. Hynix expects its new DDR550 will attract high performance PC users and computer game enthusiasts.
Hynix anticipates strong demand for DDR550 as Desktop PCs are expected to adopt Intel's new Grantsdale chipset, supporting both DDR and DDR2, by the second half of this year. To coincide with the forecasted upgrades, Hynix started providing samples of its 550MHz DDR SDRAM to customers last month.
These 550MHz DDRI chips are both faster and cheaper than their 550MHz DDRII counterparts.