AMD licenses Z-RAM memory tech

— 2:18 AM on January 20, 2006

AMD has licensed Innovative Silicon's Z-RAM, a capacitor-less embedded memory technology that can apparently achieve up to five times the density of embedded SRAM.

“The dramatic increase in density offered by ISi’s Z-RAM embedded memory can enable much larger on-chip microprocessor cache memories resulting in improved performance and reduced I/O power consumption,” said Craig Sander, corporate vice president of technology development at AMD.
Innovative Silicon has already developed its own Z-RAM test vehicles, but AMD plans to build its own, in part to test how Z-RAM scales. AMD has confirmed that it intends to use Z-RAM in microprocessors, but isn't providing any further details on its plans for the technology.
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