Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
After all the excitement about Rambus memory, ther'ís talk about a new type of memory, called Double Data Rate Dynamic Random Access Memory (DDR DRAM), a potential competitor to Rambus DRAM. Rambus DRAM is still very hard to come by, and very expensive. Some dealers are currently selling 64MB of Rambus memory for $496 or more. By contrast, 64MB of 133-MHz SDRAM can be purchased for $69.
DDR DRAM is essentially a version of SDRAM. Its advantage is that it processes data twice as fast. SDRAM chips today provide data to the processor at 100MHz or 133MHz. DDR runs at the same speed, but because it can cycle through twice the amount of data in the same period of time, it effectively functions at 200MHz or 266MHz.
AMD will match its Athlon processor with DDR DRAM toward the middle of the year. An Intel representative said that servers containing Intel chips and DDR will hit by 2001. Desktop computers using this new type of memory are expected to be available a few months after the initial server & workstations begin shipping with DDR DRAM.
DDR DRAM will be a bit more expensive to produce and test, but not nearly as expensive as Rambus memory. Rambus is not only expensive, but also fairly difficult to produce, and the industry is still searching for a solution, which seems to be available in DDR DRAM.
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