Aside from the odd nugget of news about its lawsuits against memory makers, we don't hear Rambus' name too much. The company's latest announcement is a little unusual, however, because it pertains neither to lawsuits nor the memory maker's proprietary XDR DRAM tech.
Rather, Rambus has partnered with Kingston to develop a technology that purportedly increases the bandwidth of conventional DDR3 SDRAM modules. Here's the skinny, in the company's words:
Threaded memory module technology is implemented utilizing industry-standard DDR3 devices and a conventional module infrastructure. It is capable of providing greater power efficiency for computing systems by partitioning modules into multiple independent channels that share a common command/address port. Threaded modules can support 64-byte [512-bit] memory transfers at full bus utilization, resulting in efficiency gains of up to 50 percent when compared to current DDR3 memory modules. In addition, DRAMs in threaded modules are activated half as often as in conventional modules, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in overall module power.
For reference, conventional DIMMs have 64-bit data paths, and dual-channel memory controllers double that for a total of 128 bits. 512 bits from a single channel would boost maximum theoretical bandwidth quite a bit, although Rambus does quote a data throughput improvement of only up to 50%.
Rambus and Kingston will be showing a "static demonstration" of the new technology at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week.
|Silverstone's Strider Titanium PSUs are ready for a high-power future||11|
|VR180 video bridges the gap between YouTube and VR||0|
|Steam 2017 Summer Sale, part deux||15|
|Deals of the week: Z270 mobos, spinning storage, and more||4|
|G.Skill readies up for X299 with quad-channel DDR4 at 4200 MT/s||16|
|Asus' VivoBook S510 is an ultrabook for the budget crowd||16|
|Windows Insider Build 16226 gives users a look at GPU utilization||23|
|Steam's 2017 Summer Sale is downright hot||49|
|Asus XG-C100C NIC breaks the gigabit barrier||34|