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Intel to bundle DDR 400 memory with Springdale boards?

Nanya licks lips over Intel's Springdale
Mon Apr 07 2003, 17:04
IF INTEL'S FAMILY of i865 Springdale chipsets is half as popular as Chipzilla hopes it is, memory maker Nanya will be twice as happy, according to reports.

The Taiwanese firm, according to EE Times Asia , is set to go a-ramping up DDR 400 DRAM production and, the article claims, has got new orders from Intel to support the launch.

But can this mean that Intel is so concerned about the right kind of memory being used with Springdale and Canterwood that it will ship modules with its own boards?

It seems not beyond the bounds of possibility. The last time, to our knowledge, Intel did this was with the now famous Caminogate (820) boards it made, when it supplied selected Rambus RIMMS to boost the boards and to ensure there weren't any SNAFUs.

Intel will make its own Canterwood and Springdale boards to compete with third party customers. And a number of those third party customers has told us that selecting carefully matched memory modules is essential for the boards to work carefully.

So the decision to bundle memory with the boards - if that's what Intel is doing - is sensible enough.

The figures quoted by EETimes Asia cannot be relied on to predict how many Intel Springdale boards will ship, necessarily. Those figures seem to relate to all types of DDR memory. But before the end of the year,apparently Nanya will ship 20 million DRAM chips a month. µ

* MEANWHILE MIGHTY Korean chaebol Samsung said it would give its workers a five day holiday starting with Labour Day on May 1st. The move appears to be prompted by the closeness to a children's holiday, rather than because it has to "ramp down" memory production or anything like that.


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