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DDR3: Gigahertz memory module on the rise

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The second generation of Double-Data-Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access

Memory (DDR2) is powering the computers for more than three years now, and has

reached its life cycle. The third generation DDR (or DDR3) architecture is

considerably better than its predecessor especially in the area of power

consumption and is about to enter the market with new Gigahertz speed,

supporting larger bandwidth that harness the computing power to new heights.

According to statistical data from iSuppli, the global revenues from

third-party shipments of DRAM modules is expected to rise to $8.9 billion in

2008, up from 9.4 percent from $8.1 billion in 2007. However, most of the memory

makers suffered losses last year, wherein the total revenues of DRAM modules

declined by 33.5 percent, compared to $12.2 billion in 2006.

Supplementary reports from industry's researchers suggested that the DDR3

accounted for only one percent of the DRAM market in 2007, and expected to grow

to five percent in 2008 and 15 percent in 2009. By 2010, DDR3 is projected to

become the mainstream standard, accounting for more than half of all DRAMs sold.

The ideal early adaptations of DDR3 are for gamers who need higher performance

and speed; for notebooks users who need good power saving features for extended

hours.

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A show girl holding DDR3 memory

module from Apacer-Aeolus DDR3 Overclocking series that runs at speed of

2133 MH

With Intel's latest chipset and aggressive promotion, the weakness of DDR-3

is somewhat covered in terms of latency and price. Several Taiwanese DRAM makers

feel that Intel has subsidized and convinced some PC vendors to migrate to DDR-III-based

platforms. Early this year, a handful of local tier-1 motherboard makers have

introduced motherboard with new Intel P35 chipset, supports DDR-III memory

modules that are presently available in the market in small quantity.

Most of the IT hardware makers including Kingston, KingMax, A-Data, Apacer,

Transcend and other third-parties believed that the demand of DDR-III will

gradually increase in the second half of 2008, as the DRAM makers set to ramp up

their volume production capacity in the early Q3.

Few exhibitor's Double-Data-Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (DDR)

, displayed during Comptex Taipei 2008.

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