AMD and Innovative Silicon

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM |

AMD and Innovative Technology are trying to increase the density of memory, specifically in the L2 cache on high end AMD chips.  The article on Processor Blog is pretty technical, and it hints at some of the advantages that could come about.

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"L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes become more and more

advanced. For consumer side products, using SRAM may still be practical, but what about for server

and enterprise class systems. This is where I believe AMD is attempting to leverage their

partnership with Innovative Silicon. This partnership will allow AMD to use much more memory, with

the same die-size and performance, which looks to be an increasing concern to their server and

enterprise class machines. Don't expect to see such technology used in AMD's consumer grade

processors, AMD will surely test this process out on lower volume CPUs, such as their Opteron line

— which should also see the biggest performance increase from such use. Especially as we move

forward with dual-core processors (and more!), there will become a greater need for on-die cache,

and this is where Innovative Silicon, and their flagship product, Z-Ram, come into play. Let's

take a look at the technology behind this announcement."

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