Samsung is off to a fast start with its 32GB memory modules using 30nm-class, 4Gb (gigabit) DDR3 DRAM chips and is the first in the industry to start producing these parts. These massive memory kits won't end up in home systems, few of which could actually support that amount of RAM in the first place, but in cloud computing environments and advanced server systems where there's no such thing has having too much memory.
Corsair today announced the production of a Dominator GTX 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kit guaranteed to operate at 2400MHz with latency settings of 9-11-10-30, and at a memory voltage of 1.65V. That qualifies it as the world's fastest production 8GB memory kit, a claim Corsair proudly makes and one we can't find evidence to the contrary. Turns out there's a reason why no other company has been able to crank out an 8GB kit as fast as this.
Panasonic said it's getting ready to start volume production of its ReRAM in 2012, which sounds like a DRAM maker taking a mulligan at the assembly line. It's actually something far cooler than that. Short for Resistance Random Access Memory, Panasonic's next generation memory chips are non-volatile, meaning they can store information when a system is powered down. That's just one of the many advantages to ReRAM.
Here at Maximum PC, we carry over some of boot's best traditions - among them the white paper, which explains key aspects of technology and advancements in the field, because understanding the inner workings of tech is what really separates the nerds from the normals, the hard-core from the hardly-informed, the PC master from the PC user.
We've done so many of them now that sometimes it's a struggle to find new technologies. That wasn't always the case though--in 1997 we wrote our first white paper about a topic that's as fundamental to computing as you can get: RAM. Read on to see what we wrote, and tell us what kind of tech you'd like to see a white paper on in the comments!
DRAM makers haven't had much to celebrate in a long time, and as profits took a nose dive, some wondered if they'd be better off bailing on the PC RAM industry, as OCZ did earlier this year. But at least one memory maker is optimistic about the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets going forward. Transcend chairman Peter Shu believes things are getting ready to improve in the second half of 2011, which is good news for memory makers, but at what cost?
Mosaid Technologies, an intellectual property and technology licensing firm based out of Canada, has filed a lawsuit against DRAM makers Eplida Memory, Buffalo Inc., and Axiontech in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. In the lawsuit, Mosaid accuses all three firms of infringing on six of its semiconductor memory patents.
Here's how most memory kits work: You plug them into your system's DIMM slots, fire up your machine, and begin doing whatever it is you use your PC for. There's an optional extra step for power users who might want to jump into the BIOS and tweak the timings or overclock, but otherwise it's the same process. That being the case, what in the world is Kingston getting at with its new 'HyperX Plug and Play' series of high-performance memory? Hit the jump to see what Kingston's cooked up.
Never mind that the DRAM market is in shambles, so much so that some, like OCZ, have decided to get out of the RAM game altogether and focus on more lucrative components. There are still some companies willing to cater to enthusiasts with high-end kits. G.Skill is one of them, and today the memory maker announced what it claims is the world's fastest 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 memory kit rated at 2300MHz at CL9.
We've seen a lot of funky looking RAM kits, from ones with finned heatspreaders to others with flashing LED lights. But we can't recall a memory kit that's ever looked as rugged as G.Skill's new Sniper series. If you're not rocking a case window, the Sniper series will have you rethinking that decision.
Kingston has taken its popular HyperX memory line and transformed it into a high-speed SO-DIMM kit for notebooks, mini-ITX motherboards, and any other mobile platforms that use fun sized DIMMs. The dual-channel, plug and play kits zip along at 1600MHz without the need for XMP profiles and was designed specifically Intel's Huron River platform.