Carrier Command: Gaea Mission Launch Trailer
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is now available in stores worldwide for both Windows PC and the Xbox 360. From the creators of the award-winning Armatactical military shooter series comes a next-gen re-imagination of a groundbreaking classic.Read more
DRAM Prices Falling Again
Just when you think it can't be cheaper ... it will be. DRAMeXchange reports the DRAM market is slowing down again, as prices of 4GB DDR3 modules have fallen close to the lowest price reached during the second half of 2011. Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market monitoring company DRAMeXchange claims that as notebook shipments show signs of weakening and Windows 8 looks unlikely to stimulate PC shipments, second-half September contract price continues on a downtrend.Read more
DDR4 Memory Standard is now Final
JEDEC announced it has finalized the DDR4 memory standard. The first DDR4 memory modules for servers are anticipated next year, but widespread adoption among consumers isn't anticipated until 2015.JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, today announced the initial publication of its widely-anticipated Synchronous DDR4 (Double Data Rate 4) standard.Read more
Samsung reveals 4x faster NAND flash memory for mobiles
Samsung announces mass production of the eMMC Pro Class 1500 flash storage memory for mobile phones and tablets. This new memory is four times faster than previous eMMC solutions. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has now begun volume production of an ultra-fast embedded memory for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in 16-, 32- and 64-gigabyte (GB) densities.Read more
ECS Adds AMD Memory Profile Support
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) today announces that it is the first hardware manufacturer to support the latest AMD Memory Profile (AMP) on its innovative platform: A85F2-A Deluxe motherboard. It has been ready to take full advantage of the performance, high end gaming, multi-tasking and energy efficiency with the most anticipating technology ?gAMP?h, allowing users to fully satisfy their growing demand with its unique operating designed.
With striving on Research and Development and also closely cooperation with AMD, ECS is honored to become the first AMD Memory Profile (AMP) certified motherboard vendor in the world. The upcoming AMD Memory Profile (AMP) not only breaks through the traditional design, it also enables the performance tuning of DDR3 memory modules beyond standard JEDEC (Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council) specification.
AMP features a wide range of enhancements, reliability and perfectly performance, which are certified DDR3 Plug & Play memory modules. The latest AMD Memory Profile (AMP) provides a new experience to users in order to unleash the maximum memory performance.
A innovation leading company ?| ECS, is the first company announce to import AMD Memory Profile (AMP) into product. ECS not only provides integrated solution for supporting, but also considers customers?f needs as the core consideration for the products design, and the customer-oriented design concept has been the power for its self-progression. Making a unique and glory prominent product is the only purpose for ECS.
ADATA XPG Gaming v2.0 Series DDR3 2400G
ADATA Technology Co., Ltd. today announced the start of shipments of the XPG Gaming v2.0 Series DDR3 2400G DRAM modules. These dual channel kits are designed and engineered to bring optimum performance to third generation Intel Core processors and the Z77 platform.
XPG DRAM modules signify Xtreme Performance Gear, providing the extreme speed and performance required by advanced users. The XPG Gaming series v2.0 is targeted specifically at the distinct performance and cooling needs of the worldwide gaming community. These latest DDR3 2400G modules offer new levels of data transfer speed, along with the many features that are hallmarks of the XPG series.
With speed up to 2400Mbps (2400MHz), and transfer bandwidth reaching 19,200 MB/s, the XPG series once again pushes gaming to the next level. The modules support Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) version 1.3, and use ADATA
Patriot Intel Extreme Masters LE DDR3 Memory
Patriot Memory reveals the Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition DDR3 memory:
Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products today announces the launch of the new Intel
Corsair 8GB DDR3 Memory Module
Transcend SDHC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards
Transcend has announced a new line of SDHC Class 10 UHS-I memory cards. Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes, these ultra fast cards come with a built-in ECC function (Error Correction Code) and promise to deliver read and write speeds of up to 85MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively. Unfortunately, there
First 16 GB DDR4 Server Modules are out
"By launching these new high-density DDR4 modules, Samsung is embracing closer technical cooperation with key CPU and server companies for development of next-generation green IT systems," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung will also aggressively move to establish the premium memory market for advanced applications including enterprise server systems and maintain the competitive edge for Samsung Green Memory products, while working on providing 20 nanometer (nm) class based DDR4 DRAM in the future."
Using 30 nm-class process technology, Samsung sampled new 8 GB and 16 GB DDR4 modules in June, in addition to providing them to major CPU and controller makers. The modules will bring the highest density and performance levels to premium enterprise server systems. Samsung previously introduced the industry's first 30 nm-class 2 GB DDR4 module in December, 2010.
Employing new circuit architecture for computing systems, DDR4 technology boasts the highest performance among memory products available for today's computing systems, which by next year will reach twice the current 1,600 megabits per second (Mbps) of DDR3 based modules. Also, by processing data far more efficiently at a mere 1.2 volts, Samsung's DDR4 modules will reduce power consumption by approximately 40 percent compared to its predecessor DDR3 modules operating at 1.35V.
Samsung will keep working on completion of the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standardization of DDR4 technologies and product specifications, which is expected to be accomplished by August.
The company said it will work closely with its customers including server OEMs, as well as CPU and controller makers, to expand the market base for high-density DDR4 modules, of which it plans to begin volume production next year. It also is set to expand the overall premium memory market with its most advanced 20 nm-class based DDR4 DRAM products, which will be available sometime next year at densities up to 32 GB.
Samsung has been leading the advancement of DRAM technology ever since it developed the industry's first DDR DRAM in 1997. In 2001, it introduced the first DDR2 DRAM, and in 2005, announced the first DDR3 using 80 nm-class technology.
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 16GB dual-channel kit
Corsair now ships the CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9, a new dual-channel memory kit consisting of two 8GB DDR3 modules that run at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings at a voltage of 1.5V. The kit uses Corsair's Vengeance heatsink and has a MSRP of $135.
G.SKILL Showcasing Largest & Fastest DDR3 Memory
Kingston 2666MHz HyperX T1 DDR3 kits
Kingston introduces a new line of HyperX DDR3 dual-channel memory kits, with the fastest model offering a clockspeed of 2666MHz.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping HyperX
Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 with 3GHz clockspeed
Corsair will soon ship Dominator Platinum DDR3 modules with a frequency of 3000MHz as Huxus reports today:
Soon to be available in an array of dual- and quad-channel kits at speeds of up to 3,000MHz, this premium range will target overclocking aficionados looking to make a statement.
If you're prepared to pony up the cash - and we suspect you'll need plenty of it - you'll be getting hand-screened ICs just dying to be pushed to the limit, Corsair's patented DHX heat spreader (with fins), a custom PCB with copper thermal pads, stainless steel bodywork and a 'polished aluminium light bar' that illuminates over the top to provide that extra bit of bling.
There's also built-in support for Corsair Link connectivity - allowing you to keep a close eye on temperature - and we're told the Dominator Platinum kits will launch in 'limited quantities,' so you may want to start saving the pennies to ensure you're first in line.
ADATA DDR3-2133X 8 GB and 16 GB Dual Channel Kits to XPG Xtreme
ADATA Technology Co., Ltd announced a boost to its XPG Xtreme Series DDR3 lineup with the DDR3-2133X 8 GB and 16 GB dual channel kits. This new entry to XPG Xtreme Series satisfies enthusiasts' increasingly stringent demands for high capacity and performance DRAM modules.
The new ADATA XPG Xtreme Series DDR3-2133X runs at 2133 MHz and an operating voltage of 1.65V with latency settings of 10-11-11-30, allowing for predicted bandwidth up to 34.1 GB per second.
Each XPG memory chip is selected through a strict filtering process and complete with high performance 8-layer PCB (Printed Circuit Board). The chips are in direct contact with the heat spreaders for efficient heat dissipation and prolonged lifespan. The XPG Xtreme Series DDR3-2133X also supports the Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) version 1.3, providing easy configuration for power users, and is compatible with the Intel P67 / X79 / Z68 / Z75 / Z77 platforms.
The new XPG Xtreme Series DDR3-2133X dual memory kits are already available in the USA and Canada.
- Runs at 2133 MHz
- Operates at 1.65V
- Predicted bandwidth up to 34.1 GB per second
- Supports Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) version 1.3
- Two models: 8 GB and 4 GB
- Available in the USA and Canada NOW
- 8 GB dual (4 GBx2) = $89.99
- 16 GB dual (8 GBx2) = $189.99
SK Hynix no longer interested in buying Elpida
X-bit Labs reports SK Hynix has pulled out of an upcoming auction to buy bankrupt memory maker Elpida. As a result, only two candidates remain: Micron Technology and a joint bid by Hiny Capital and Hony Capital, two private equity funds.
SK Hynix has reportedly decided to pull out from the incoming auction for insolvent Elpida Memory, leaving only two potential buyers for the troubled maker of dynamic random access memory: Micron Technology and a group of private equity funds.
The acquisition of Elpida Memory and its assets, including technologies and a DRAM plant in Hiroshima, Japan, would not "strategically benefit" the company, SK Group's chairman Chey Tae-won told reporters after a board meeting without elaborating, Reuters news-agency reports. Previously SK Hynix indicated that the company was investigating Elpida's financial reports.
G.SKILL Announces New TridentX DDR3 Memory For 3rd Ivy bridge
G.SKILL, the worldwide leading high performance memory designer, has announced the new TridentX DDR3 memory kit for 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors and Z77 platform.
The ultimate speed up to DDR3 2800 MHz 16 GB(4 GBx4) & DDR3 2666 MHz 32 GB(8 GBx4)
Designed for overclocking enthusiasts, the TridentX series includes a complete lineup of extreme performance DDR3 memory, starting from 2400 MHz 8 GB to 2800 MHz 16 GB. The following screens show the TridentX 2800 MHz 16 GB kit has successfully achieved DDR3 3320 MHz speed, while the 32 GB 2666 MHz kit has achieved DDR3 2933 MHz speed, both results are with 4 DIMMs fully installed under LN2.
Featuring with a removable top fin design, the new TridentX heat-spreader allows overclocking enthusiasts to have more flexible options of memory cooling systems, as well as to reduce the height to fit with large CPU coolers.
G.Skill Unveils Trident X Series DDR3-2400 MHz
G.Skill launched their new line of memory, the Trident X. Its launch is timed to follow that of Intel's Core "Ivy Bridge" processor family, and is optimized for 7-series chipset motherboards (due to their support of latest Intel XMP 1.3 specification).
Pictured below are the DDR3-2400 MHz (PC3-19200) modules in dual-channel configuration.
The XMP profile runs the module at its 2400 MHz DDR (1200 MHz real) speed, with timings of 10-12-12-31T, and DRAM voltage of 1.65V. The modules will be available in various other speed/timing configurations, and in densities of 4 GB and 8 GB, making up for 8 GB and 16 GB dual-channel kits, for the new "Ivy Bridge" platform; 16 GB and 32 GB quad-channel kits for the Sandy Bridge-E platform.
The older Sandy Bridge LGA1155 platform might not be 100% compatible, since it lacks XMP 1.3 support. G.Skill Trident X will be formally announced on May 4.
Patriot Memory Extreme Performance EP Flash
Patriot Memory announces the launch of their Extreme Performance SDHC/SDXC UHS-I flash storage. Featuring ultra-fast transfer rates and expanded storage capacities, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards are perfect for stunning high resolution digital photography and increased high definition video recording times.
Designed to provide twice the transfer speeds of previous Class 10 solutions, when used with UHS-I compatible devices, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards deliver the performance necessary for capturing and broadcasting in true real-time. With capacities of up to 128GB, these EP Series SDHC/SDXC cards offer a greatly improved maximum volume when compared to standard SDHC solutions. At the 128GB capacity, the Patriot Memory EP Series SDHC/SDXC card is capable of storing up to 2,560 minutes of 1080p video and well over 26,000 high definition photos.
PNY ships 2133MHz and 1866MHz XLR8 DDR3
- PNY Technologies
G.SKILL DDR3 2133MHz 32GB (4x8GB) for Z77
G.SKILL is showing extreme dual channel memory kits, DDR3 2133MHz 32GB (4x8GB), compatible with the latest Z77 motherboards at CeBIT 2012.
Working closely with leading motherboard manufacturers, G.Skill is ready to provide PC enthusiasts the best dual channel memory for the upcoming Z77 motherboards. On the MSI Z77A-GD65 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6 motherboards, G.Skill has demonstrated the 32GB super size memory kits at DDR3 2133MHz ultra high speed with Intel Core i7 2600K processors.
G.SKILL shatters the memory frequency world record 3736MHz
On 27th February 2012, the highest DDR3 memory frequency record was smashed again by the well-known Swiss overclocker, Christian Ney. Using G.SKILL extreme RipjawsZ memory kit, Christian Ney has achieved the astonishing score of DDR3 3736MHz with 4GB high capacity memory stick.
ADATA XPG DDR3 1600 MHz CL9 8 GB memory
ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, once again achieves a breakthrough in overclocking memory specifications with the launch of single 8GB 1600MHz CL9 and dual kit 16GB memory modules. As a market solution for 1600 MHz 8 GB low latency overclocking, the new modules support the latest quad-channel X79 platform, and meet the demands of enthusiasts for high density memory.
ADATA's Product Planning Department DRAM Project Manager Alex Wu said: "In recent years, gamers and overclockers care about more than just the pursuit of extreme performance. Energy consumption has become a major consideration when purchasing electronics." He added: "The new XPG Gaming V 2.0 1600G 8 GB single and 16GB dual kit memory modules use voltage of only 1.35V, with 9-11-9-27 timing, and are compatible with the latest X79 four-channel platform. They provide gamers with the opportunity to significantly upgrade their RAM all the way to 64 GB, in order to experience faster operation and performance of desktop computers."
In addition to high density, low-latency, low-voltage, and innovative heat conduction cooling technology, these modules are equipped with a unique heat sink and the industry's first high quality double copper 8-layer circuit board, which improves memory cooling and lowers power consumption. In addition, each chip is selected from original manufacturer 4 Gb memory chips, and put through a rigorous screening and testing program to ensure the greatest degree of stability and durability, for more peace of mind for consumers.
ADATA Series memory modules come with a lifetime warranty, providing the best protection and peace of mind.
Elpida Memory files for bankruptcy
Elpida Memory has filed for bankruptcy protection today, as the firm is unable to refinance its heavy debt. It's the largest Japanese manufacturing corporate failure since World War II, the company has a debt of $5.5 billion and a DRAM marketshare of 12.5 percent.
Elpida decided to separate the low margin PC business to its Taiwanese subsidiary and concentrate instead on higher ASP devices for smartphones after the financial crisis. Yukio Sakamoto, Elpida
DDR4 RAM Demonstrated at ISSCC, available in 2013
DDR4, the next DRAM memory standard, is expected to be massively adopted by 2014, which means that the companies behind its existence have to start showing prototypes now instead of later. It so happens that the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) has just taken place (between February 19 and 23) as softpedia reports today:
The conference was the perfect occasion for revealing next-generation dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips.
TechEye reports that two companies were willing to show off their inventions. Hynix is one of the companies with a DDR4 device. The chip works at 2400MHz (2400Mb/s) and needs a voltage of 1.2V. It bears a 64-bit I/O.
The second company to bring out a DDR4 product was Samsung. The clock frequency was of 2,133 MHz and the voltage was the same as above. Hynix used its 38nm manufacturing process technology, while Samsung employed the 30nm node instead.
For the sake of comparison, DDR3 needs 1.3V or 1.5V to run, even if the manufacturing process is the same.
All in all, DDR4 modules are going to be not just faster, but also energy efficient, by about 40% compared to their predecessors. They won't be pin-compatible though. Elpida, Micron and Nanya did not show DDR4 prototypes at the show, for one reason or another. There is no real rush, though, since the chips and modules aren't going to be available for a while still. Volume production will only commence in 2013, which means that mass availability is something that 2014 will bring at the earliest.
Until then, memory companies will have to deal with more pressing matters, like the low market prices of all DRAM chips and how consumers, while not at all disapproving, don't seem to be responding with much enthusiasm either. Granted, contract quotes are going up little by little now, but there is no guarantee that this trend will last.