Elpida Intros DRAM Based on the Rambus XDR Memory Architecture

Elpida Memory and Rambus have introduced the industry's fastest DRAM, the 512 Megabit, 4.8GHz XDR DRAM, based on Rambus' XDR memory architecture. This latest addition to the XDR DRAM family provides data transfer rate of 9.6 Gigabytes per second with a single device, making it a good choice for high-performance, high-volume applications such as high-definition televisions, gaming consoles, PCs, servers and workstations.

Elpida's 512Mb, 4.8GHz XDR DRAM (Part number: EDX5116ADSE-5E-E) device is organized in 8-banks (x16/x8/x4 programmable), and with a 9.6GB/s data transfer rate delivers six times the peak bandwidth of industry-standard DDR2-800 memory devices. The 4.8GHz XDR device is manufactured using Elpida's 70 nm process technology and is available in a 104-ball FBGA package. To support both high-speed and robust data transfer, XDR DRAM utilizes key enabling technologies built on patented Rambus innovations such as Differential Rambus Signaling Level, which minimizes signal swing and noise; Octal Data Rate technology which transfers eight bits of data on each clock cycle to achieve 4.8GHz operation with just a 600MHz clock; and FlexPhase circuit technology for precise on-chip data alignment with the clock. The 512Mb XDR DRAM device also features adaptive impedance matching, dynamic request scheduling and zero overhead refresh.

XDR DRAM is an integral part of the XDR memory architecture, working seamlessly with the XDR Memory Controller, XDR IO controller interface cell, and the XDR Clock Generator to enable unprecedented levels of memory performance while utilizing the fewest number of ICs. A single XDR DRAM device operating in x16 mode achieves a data transfer rate of 9.6GB/s. In comparison, it requires six DDR2-800 x16 devices to achieve an equivalent data rate.

Proven in high-volume applications, Rambus XDR memory solutions are backed by comprehensive engineering support services that range from chip design to system integration. XDR DRAM continues to provide an order of magnitude higher performance than today's standard memories.

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