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DDR-2 adoption likely to be substantially delayed

Intel Developer Forum Wild optimism on Intel's behalf wildly optimistic
Fri Feb 20 2004, 18:35
INTEL'S ASSESSMENT of the swift success of the DDR-2 platform is at best over optimistic, it has emerged here.

While all the major memory makers are rapidly moving forward as the buzz phrase has it, they are not necessarily moving in entirely the same direction.

The most optimistic assessment we heard from the various memory vendors at this jamboree was from Micron, which suggested modules might be available in quantity in June.

Micron has 450 million reasons to applaud loudly at Intel's optimism. Elpida has slightly less hundreds of millions reasons but suggests July.

Seasoned memory analysts, such as Andrew Norwood of Dataquest Gartner, estimate that quantities will come on stream towards the end of the year.

Of course Grantsdale chipsets are capable of being designed to support both DDR and DDR-2, which are different memory types. But many motherboard makers, we suggest, won't want the fiddle faddle of producing such designs.

Particularly as with the countless variants of Grantsdale, they have the not so alluring possibility of making dozens of different types of mobos, all at the same time.

Intel, on the other hand is bullish. It will have dozens of SKUs of its own boards, subcontracted to its favourite suppliers such as Hon Hai.

 

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