Micron Technology delivered the industry’s 4GB DDR-II registered dual in-line memory module to Intel Corporation. The new products may find themselves in IA32e Intel-based servers or workstations at a later date.
Micron’s 240-pin PC2-4300 DDR-II registered DIMM modules are based on the company’s 1Gb DDR-II components using a stacked FBGA technology. The Boise, Idaho-based memory firm does not elaborate on timeframes it expects 4GB memory sticks to go into mass production, but keeping in mind that the company has strong plans for DDR-II ramp, possible availability timeframe of 4GB devices for server and workstation makers seems to be mid-2004. The question is whether there will be immediate market opportunities for such products?
In the second quarter of 2004 Intel will release its
Intel E7515 aka Tumwater core-logic coming in the same timeframe will add PCI Express x16 bus for graphics to features brought by E7710/E7510 as well as some other peculiarities of solutions for workstations. The product will be quoted at $100 in commercial quantities.
Generally speaking, Intel’s high-end IA32e server and workstation platforms are not generally expected to support 533MHz DDR-II memory this year. The only chipset to sport PC2-4300 RAM in 2004 is i925X “Alderwood” intended for 1P solutions that hardly require 16GB of RAM.