Micron Technology Inc. today said it is sampling a 256-megabit, 266-MHz double-data-rate SDRAM, which will enter production early next year when PC makers ramp up their use of DDR.
The 256-Mbit DDR chip is available in a 16 x 6 configuration. Later this quarter, it will also be available in 64 x 4 and 32 x 8 configurations.
Micron is also delivering samples of the device in PC2100 modules of 512-magabyte size in both buffered and unbuffered configurations. Registered DIMMs of 1-gigabyte size will be available in the first quarter of 2001.
Micron, Boise, Idaho, didn't discuss pricing for the new 256-Mbit DDR chips, but said that in production they will be comparable to production prices of 256-Mbit single-data-rate PC133 memory chips.
Company officials said that among the first PCs to use the new 256-Mbit DDR will be those based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon processors. However, third-party chipset vendors have announced DDR chipsets supporting Intel Corp. Pentium III processors, which can use the Micron 256-Mbit DDR.