ASUS Confirms DDR3 1.5-1.65v Works With Skylake

Budget shoppers looking for the best bang per buck will soon have more options opened up to them. According to ASUS, Skylake CPUs and their accompanying Z170 and other 100 series motherboards can support DRR3 running at 1.5 or 1.65 volts. There has been some confusion as to whether or not DDR3 would work as Intel has only talked about DDR4 and DDR3L which use 1.2v and 1.35v respectively.

For those on a budget, it means they will be able to reuse their DDR3 with the new lineup. This means with the right motherboards, budget users can avoid shelling out an extra $80+ for new DDR4 ram. Given that DDR3 performs better with Skylake unless you have high-speed and low-latency DDR4, there isn’t much performance left on the table by not using the newer ram. DDR4 also still costs a bit more than DDR3 for similar speeds, capacity and latency.

For those that might consider upgrading to DDR4 though and want a motherboard to support that, there are some options. The most notable one is the Hi-Fi H170Z3 from Biostar which has 2 DDR4 and 2 DDR3 slots. Given that DDR4 supports 16GB DIMMs, it’s possible to put up to 16GB of DDR3 in now and later upgrade to a max of 32GB of high-speed low-latency DDR4 ram. Hopefully, there will be more boards from other firms for dual DDR3/DDR4 support.

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DDR4 Industrial Grade Modules Announced by SMART Modular Technologies

SMART Modular Technologies has announced the availability of its highly reliable DDR4 industrial grade modules. The modules are said to join the company’s very successful DDR3 lineup and target the networking, telecom and industrial applications market, where operating areas consist of harsh environments.

As with all of SMART’s products, quality is extremely important and this is why each of the DDR4 industrial grade modules undertake extreme tests. The DDR4-2133 1.2V modules are tested with customized tensing programs, test flows and specialized equipment in order to eliminate weak bits and modules likely to fail under temperature tests.

It is said that SMART’s industrial grade modules are 100% system tested at high speeds, starting with a cold boot at -40°C and working upward to +85°C ambient operation. However, test duration may vary depending on each module’s density.

SMART’s DDR4 industrial grade modules are said to be ready to operate in a variety of harsh conditions, including base stations and telecom equipment exposed to the elements, single board computers used in industrial, defense, aerospace, kiosk, digital signage applications and densely configured computing applications with limited airflow.

The memory modules come in a variety of types, including SO-DIMMs up to 16GB, unbuffered and registered DIMMs up to 16GB and 32GB respectively, and Mini-DIMMs up to 16GB.

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SanDisk Releases 400GB SSD That Plugs Into Your DDR3 RAM Slot

Are you ready for the future? Or at least some crazy technology! SanDisk thinks you are. Whilst at the moment it’s intended for enterprise use, SanDisk today announced and released the worlds first 400GB SSD that plugs into your DDR3 RAM slot – standard DIMM slots – in turn reducing latency write times to a mere 5ms. The extreme speeds come at a rather hefty price tag, the 200GB variant will set your company back $1800 USD, and the bigger 400GB model comes in at $2200 USD. The application of such a device is perfect for anything needing almost instantaneous read and write speeds, optimization for server environments, as well as other tasks such as high-speed trading.

Don’t fret for all you home users out there – the technology as always will fall in manufacturing costs, so hopefully we can expect to see this incredible technology powering our rigs in just a few years time. For the meantime, if you’re a person who needs copious amounts of hyperspeed memory with near RAM like speeds – SanDisk has raised the bar yet again in memory storage standards. It’s an exciting future ahead of us! More information about the SSD DIMM SanDisk drive can be found here.

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I’M Intelligent Memory Launches 16 GB DDR3 Memory Modules

Hong Kong based DRAM manufacturer, I’M Intelligent Memory, has announced its 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip, which doubles the amount of memory per chip compared to other DRAM devices on the market. Based on the latter chip, the company is said to have introduced the 16 GB DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules, having EEC error-correction technology as an optional upgrade.

It is said that the JEDEC specification JESD9-3 has always allowed a 8GB capacity for DDR3 devices. However, it seems that most manufacturers are waiting for the 2x nm process in order to fit smaller chips and bring high memory capacity. I’M Intelligent Memory has apparently made the leap by developing their own way of manufacturing 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip using existing 30 nm technology.

The company states that their memory modules are compatible with the JEDEC standard pinout, timing and row/column/bank addressing. In addition to the latter, the company has made available devices including x8 (1Gx8) configuration in FBGA 78 ball package, a x16 (512Mx16) type in FBGA 96 ball package, a x32 (256Mx32) configuration in FBGA 136 ball package, as well as providing DDR3L low-voltage 1.35V versions, all of which are currently available on the market.

Given the 8 GB device, the company has released its first 16 GB DDR3 240 Pin unbuffered DIMMs and 204 Pin SO-DIMMs on the market, while also having them available in 72 Bit width for EEC error correction. The latter modules are said to be compatible with processors and micro-controllers from AMD, Cavium, Freescale, Tilera and others.

While not all processors used in desktop PCs are compatible with the high-capacity memory, Intel has offered support for the Atom C2000 series and Atom E3800 series with a new BIOS version available to download now. Also, ASUS has confirmed support for the latter memory on its X79-DELUXE, RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION and other ASUS X79 motherboards. Other manufacturers, such as ASRock, Supermicro, AIC and Portwell have already verified and approved the IM 16 GB DDR3 memory modules for a variety of their motherboards based on ADM, Tilera, Intel’s C2000 series and other processors.

I’M Intelligent Memory apparently has noticed the potential embedded markets, networking and telecommunication applications, as well as PCs and laptops, allowing all to reach a memory capacity previously untouched by any manufacturer out there.

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Viking Outs ArxCis-NV DIMM For Server Operations And Search Engines

Viking has begun supplies of ArxCis-NV DIMM which are dual in-line memory kit that combines DDR3 modules with Flash NAND to make non-volatile memory for servers and storage arrays. In short, these memory kits are made so that the data stored in rams are not lost during a power loss or shut down.

ArxCis-NV DIMM is made keeping servers that do large ‘in-memory’ computing tasks such as for ‘hyper scale’ computing applications and even for search engines, such as Facebooks’ ‘Unicorn’ search engine. By using such memory kits for such uses, it will provide real-time response for users whenever they’re searching for anything, such as ‘query prediction’ that Google search has.

These memory kits were demonstrated at Storage Networking Industry Association’s spring conference they can be installed in the standard DIMM memory slots on servers and on RAID controller add-on cards. ArxCis can also be used in existing servers and RAID controllers as a substitute for battery backed up memory kits. Since these kits come with batteries to provide power for those last-minute writes and NAND memory during a power outage.

Viking claims that these DIMM kits can be paired with SSDs to extend the life and performance of the storage drives. This works as the dynamic memory used in memory kits are faster than flash NANDs used in SSDs and doesn’t have the limited write ‘wear out’ period that these NANDs have. Therefore, the write data is kept on the RAM and reducing the possibility of SSD’s NAND from reaching its wear out level.

But Viking isn’t the only manufacturer in the non volatile DIMM business. Micron and AgigA Tech have made an announcement that they will be collaborating together to produce NVDIMM module during November,  but Viking seems to be the first with an end product.

The initial NV-DIMM memory kits will have 4GB of RAM and 8GB of flash NAND. By next year, the company plans to have modules with 16GB of RAM with 32GB of flash NAND. Question now remains how will the trends change, when and if DDR4 is ready to be used.

Source: Ars Technica