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Platform Conference 2003: desktop DDR2 to show up only in 2005

Some more important information to add to previous materials about the last-week Platform Conference 2003.

I think the most important was that conference members named a new date for mainstreaming DDR2 SDRAM for desktops, having moved the "deadline" to 2005 from the previous late 2003 / early 2004. Analysts believe that delay in DDR2 SDRAM mainstreaming is the result of chipset and motherboard certification delays and also of lesser "enthusiasm" of PC makers about this memory. So, despite DRAM makers have already presented DDR2 samples, all factors combined will delay DDR2 volume releases by about 12-18 months. Analysts think that the next quarter will bring some more specified dates of moving to DDR2. At the same time, delays with desktop and server DDR2 release won´t affect the adaptation of this memory for graphics, because the point-to-point interface used doesn’t require module organization, chipset, mobo, etc. intercertification.

Naturally, there’s always something to fill the gap between DDR1-333 and future DDR2, and DDR1-400 will be this "filler" this time. The mainstream launch will be initiated by Intel Springdale Canterwood, expected next quarter, and server systems will follow. According to provisional information, ServerWorks´ Grand Champion SLX, scheduled to H1 2003, will become one of the first to support DDR1-400. As for DDR2, at the Platform Conference ServerWorks named 2005 as well.

Source: Silicon Strategies

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