According to Kim, the major Dramurai have a good set of plans in place, and he describes Intel's own attempts to promote DDR-2 as an admirable job.
But there are some elements of the DDR-2 memory platform that still have to be put in place.
He said that Intel's validation site doesn't yet show any system level DIMM module validation yet, while its own DDR-2 chipsets don't come out until the second quarter. And usually it's a year or so after a release of this type of nature before there's widespread take up.
Changes have to be made at the motherboard design level and that means those manufacturers have to move to support DDR-2, with a subsequent cost to them. Kim said that they may be hesitant to jump after previous problems.
Further, Rambus is set to offer much higher memory bandwidth with its XDR memory type it will launch this week. And Rambus wants Intel to endorse it as the mainstream memory of the future.
That, we agree with Kim, may be a bitter pill for partners to swallow after the shenanigans of previous years.
XDR, he said, has the capability to thrash any future version of DDR technology in performance terms.
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