Rumor: Future Pineview Atoms to have DDR3 support

Netbooks and nettops may start shipping with DDR3 memory next spring. The folks at Fudzilla claim that, although the memory controllers in the first Pineview Atom processors will only work with DDR2 RAM, Intel intends to release DDR3-compatible successors in mid-2010.

Reportedly, Intel is cooking up a 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor for January and a 1.83GHz Atom N470 for the following month. However, new "N45x and N47x CPUs" with DDR3 support will debut a quarter or two later—we might even see them at Taiwan’s Computex 2010 trade show in early June, Fudzilla notes.

Both new processors should support as many as two DDR3 SO-DIMMs clocked at up to 667MHz, with the option for one module to be soldered onto the motherboard. At that speed, DDR3 probably won’t improve performance. The memory standard’s lower power consumption could improve battery life by a little bit, though.

Fudzilla writes in a separate story that DDR3-compatible versions of desktop-bound Pineview-D chips will support faster DDR3-800 RAM, but they’ll only take DDR3 SO-DIMMs. By contrast, the site adds, single-core Atom D410 and dual-core Atom D510 processors due in January will support desktop-sized DDR2 DIMMs.

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    • Anonymous Coward
    • 11 years ago

    Yay 1.86ghz.

    My inner geek wants to know what Atom could do if it wasn’t stuck in boring netbook land. How fast could it clock? How would 16 Atoms in one die do on the “web facing server” market? Call it Xeon MEGA THREADS.

    • puppetworx
    • 11 years ago

    Makes sense in terms of power consumption.

    BTW anyone experienced flash on a non-ION Atom system? P-a-i-n-f-u-l. I don’t know how people can put up with it. If you can’t watch YouTube whats the point of having a computer?

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      playing Crysis!

      • FuturePastNow
      • 11 years ago

      It makes sense in terms of cost- DDR2 is getting more expensive and DDR3 is getting cheaper. That’s probably not going to change.

    • Scrotos
    • 11 years ago

    I would think that this is mainly for supply issues. DDR2 is going to get more expensive and I’m sure Intel would love to drive the market to DDR3. Easier on the supply side to just have to muck with one memory tech than multiple generations.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    I wouldn’t expect better performance, but yeah you might get another ~15 minutes of battery life and DDR2 will only get more expensive to produce anyway.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      I don’t expect miracles, but I’ve been wondering for a long time what low clocked, low voltage DDR3 would do for an already extremely low power platform.

      I didn’t think they’d go that low. The voltage could be so low that it will be as if the RAM isn’t even there. This will be interesting.

        • dpaus
        • 11 years ago

        I already have enough issues with memory that isn’t even there.

          • ssidbroadcast
          • 11 years ago

          Where did I put my keys??

            • wira020
            • 11 years ago

            You need an upgrade.

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    Desperate moves by Intel to stop Atom from cannibalising their low end Pentium product lines…

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 11 years ago

      Eh…by dumping money into an alternate memory controller that serves no purpose other than making it better?!?

        • Hattig
        • 11 years ago

        By leaving it so late to incorporate support for (I presume) Low Power DDR3, and restricting it to SODIMMs only to ensure that Atom doesn’t get any ideas above its station.

          • SPOOFE
          • 11 years ago

          Please, what ideas “above its station” can Atom have? Its very nature ensures a ceiling of utility; there’s only so much you can do with it, even if that narrow range of encompasses the majority of processor uses among the peasantry.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 11 years ago

            They’re trying to get rid of the DDR2 version before Nvidia figure out the unpatched exploit that would allow them to staple four Atom boards together for quad-core ION 2s!

      • SPOOFE
      • 11 years ago

      Desperate? I think they were caught by surprise at the success of Atom, sure, but there’s still a marked differentiation between CULV and “netbooks”. I don’t see the desperation.

      • Thorburn
      • 11 years ago

      It’ll be a pricing concern, lower speed DDR3 allows for lower quality components and fewer layers on a board (routing is slightly less critical).

      That and its not like an Atom is bandwidth constrained, current ones tend to make do with a single channel of DDR2-667.

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