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MetaRAM Doubles, Quadruples Memory Capacity of Existing Systems
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 26 February 2008 13:26
MetaRAM technology to cut server and workstation memory costs by up to 90 percent
Marcus Yam (Blog) - February 26, 2008 9:16 AM
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Fabless semiconductor company MetaRAM today launched a new memory technology, called DDR2 MetaSDRAM that promises to double or quadruple memory capacity while maintaining compatibility with existing DIMMs.

MetaRAM achieves this feat by using 3D chip stacking methods to fit more capacity into a single memory chip. Such a method alone would have caused issues with compatibility, but MetaRAM developed a custom chipset that sits between the chips that makes the multiple DRAMs look like a larger capacity DRAM to the memory controller.

Also designed to maintain compatibility with existing systems is MetaRAM’s WakeOnUse power management technology. WakeOnUse, as the name implies, enables MetaSDRAM to remain in a sleep state until needed, allowing the memory to fit within current constraints. The company claims that its advancement has accelerated memory technology development by two to four years.

Without any system modifications, MetaRAM says that its memory technology will work with current AMD and Intel server and workstations.

“I've spent my career focused on building balanced computer systems and providing compatible and evolutionary innovations. With the emergence of multi-core and multi-threaded 64 bit CPUs, I realized that the memory system is once again the biggest bottleneck in systems and so set out to address this problem,” said Fred Weber, CEO of MetaRAM, and once the CTO at AMD. “MetaRAM's new MetaSDRAM does just that by bringing breakthrough main memory capacity to mainstream servers at unprecedented price points, without requiring any changes to existing CPUs, chipsets, motherboards, BIOS or software.”

Using DD2 MetaSDRAM, MetaRAM estimates that a four-processor server with 16 cores and a quarter-terabyte of memory would cost under $50,000 – a figure the company says is a 90 percent reduction in current system cost.   [DailyTech...]    [Comments...]
 

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