Kingston unveils DDR3

Kingston unveils DDR3

DDR2 SDRAM expected to be the norm for some time to come

Memory maker, Kingston Technology, has unveiled double-data-rate three synchronous dynamic random access memory modules (DDR3 SDRAM) to the local channel.

DDR3 replaces the current DDR2 standard, but Kingston strategic development manager, Marites Bairstow, said the older technology wasn't going anywhere yet.

"DDR2 will remain the mainstream memory for some time to come," she said. "Our expectations are that DDR3 will only make up around 25 per cent of the market by 2008."

The two new configurations of memory to be shipped by Kingston are HyperX 1375MHz and ValueRAM 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM. One of the biggest advantages being spruiked about DDR3 was its speed increase over DDR2 memory, which made it a natural fit for systems using dual-core and quad-core processors, Bairstow said.

The memory also has a lower power draw with the ValueRAM consuming 1.5v versus 1.8v with traditional DDR2. Less power being drawn equates to less heat - an essential in mobile and server platforms.

Bairstow said whitebox builders with an eye on creating gaming and other performance PCs would be the early adopters of the new technology, followed by the multinationals.

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