Dell is switching to new memory
As it is mentioned at Digitimes, Dell
expects to move to 256Mbit (16Mbit x 16) DDR graphics memory from the current
mainstream standard of 128Mbit (8Mbit x 16) DDR due to the relative high price
of the 128Mbit memory, according to Taiwanese DRAM maker sources.
The price of 128Mbit DDR graphics memory has risen sharply, up by 40% to around
US$3.50 from US$2.50 one month ago. Currently a 256Mbit DDR die goes for around
US$5. Four 256Mbit die (at a cost of about US$20), instead of eight 128Mbit
die (at a cost of about US$28), can be used to provide 128MB of memory.
According to sources, Dell is considering a switch from offering Nvidia’s GeForce4
MX440 based on the NV18 core to the revised NV18B core in the fourth quarter.
Nvidia is designing the revised core to support 256Mbit DDR in conjunction with
its value graphics processors.
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