Micron unveils DDR2-1066 RAM, AMD pledges support
Currently, only high-end memory vendors like Corsair, Kingston, or OCZ have introduced DDR2 memory clocked at 1066MHz. However, Micron—a memory chip manufacturer—has now announced a 1Gb (128MB) DDR2 memory chip capable of running at 1066MHz with a JEDEC-standard voltage of 1.8V. The chip is based on Micron's 78nm 6F² process technology, and it will allow for modules that have capacities of 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB. Unlike high-end memory vendors, Micron seems to have ambitions beyond the enthusiast market for higher-speed DDR2 memory. The firm's press release says AMD, VIA, and SiS will all support DDR2-1066 memory in their upcoming chipsets. Furthermore, the PR quotes AMD Desktop Corporate VP Bob Brewer as saying the following:
In the design of our upcoming native quad-core client processors, which we expect will be available in the second half of 2007, AMD is planning for DDR2-1066 memory support in our integrated memory controller with the expectation that it will be compatible with any future JEDEC standard that may be adopted.
In short, while Intel plans to adopt DDR3 memory with its upcoming high-end Bearlake chipsets, AMD is counting on faster DDR2 memory for the time being. Considering the higher latencies and high prices that may plague DDR3 memory following its introduction, that may not be a bad strategy.
Micron says samples of its 1Gb DDR2-1066 chip are already available for "select customers" and that mass production is expected to follow in the third quarter of 2007.