Electronic Design

Upgraded Reduced-Latency DRAMs Target Networking Applications

The next generation of Micron Technology's reduced-latency DRAM (RLDRAM) II memory sports three enhancements aimed at keeping up with the growing bandwidth requirements of today's networking applications that send voice, video, and data across the Internet. Micron increased the density of its RLDRAM II networking products to 576 Mbits/s from 288 Mbits/s and raised their speed to 533 MHz from 400 MHz, while reducing the latency to 15 ns from 20 ns. With networking companies introducing next-generation systems with speeds increasing to 10 Gbits/s from 3 Gbits/s, memory technology must not only support the "triple-play" services of voice, video, and data, but also information multicasting, traffic policing, and security. RLDRAM is part of the solution to these demands for increased performance, according to Micron. The new memories are sampling to select customers, and mass production is expected by the first quarter of 2007. For additional information, go to www.micron.com/products/dram/rldram.

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