The possibilty of rising DRAM prices got you down? Try PRAM instead!

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2012 - 11:39 AM |
Tagged: phase, phase change memory, micron, 45nm

Phase Change Memory is not new, Allyn listened to Intel talk about a breakthrough in this technology almost three years ago, but it is not common on the market.  It offers two major benefits over the current RAM on the market, the first being its lack of volatility as the crystals it forms will remain even after power is cut off, the second is more dear to computer enthusiasts as it should be faster than DRAM.  It may seem odd that a technology which requires the formation of crystals would be faster than the electronic flipping of bits but Micron claims that the trickle of voltage supplied creates seed crystals which speed the formation process during write cycles. The good news is that we should see real world testing soon as The Inquirer has heard that Micron has a good supply of PRAM to sell which means benchmarks are not far behind.

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"MEMORY MAKER Micron has announced high volume availability of its 45nm phase change memory (PCM) chips.

Micron has been pushing the development of PCM chips with Intel for a number of years and is finally at a stage where it can offer chips to its customers. The firm announced that its 45nm PCM chips are available in a 1Gb PCM plus a 512Mb LPDDR2 package for mobile devices."

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Source: The Inquirer

Ultimate 45nm silicon, the last of the Phenon X4s

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2011 - 10:04 AM |
Tagged: phenom ii, x4, amd, 980, 45nm

Remember the Phenom II, that CPU which was once incredible but is now the processor that those waiting for Llano are getting a little bored with?  It has a new flagship model for the X4 series, called the X4 980 which runs at 3.7GHz and sports the same 45nm technology we have come to know so well.  Read on to see if Josh could find anything about the last of the 45nms that will knock the dust off his case or if we are looking at more of the same, if slightly faster, silicon.

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"In the end, this is a simple 100 MHz increase in clockspeed for AMD for their high end quad core processor. It is not all that much faster than the previous X4 975, but at least it does not consume all that much more power than the previous model. It is a good all-around performer, and would make a solid foundation for a productivity and gaming machine for most users. Invariably though, most eyes are drawn to the horizon and the promise of Llano and Bulldozer. Hopefully for AMD these next generation processors will allow them to more adequately compete with Intel when it comes to raw performance."

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