FB-DIMM is bright spot in memory outlook

— 12:17 AM on April 12, 2004

This latest Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is giving us special insight into the directions that the company will be taking memory technology over the next several years. The plans are outlined in this PDF presentation, and again in this (three part series at The Inquirer. Central to Intel's server memory strategy will be the fully buffered DIMM, or FB-DIMM. Well beyond the registered ECC modules in use by today's servers, FB-DIMM is Intel's answer to the shrinking number of slots per memory channel, the bridge from DDR2 to DDR3, a solution to those memory types' latency problems, and a delicious part of a complete breakfast. Although Intel's presentation focuses heavily on DDR, fans of Rambus should note from the PDF that RDRAM is "still used in specific applications."

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