SEOUL--Hyundai MicroElectronics today announced it has moved its 64-megabit Double Data Rate (DDR) synchronous DRAM into mass production, and Nvidia Corp. has become the first customer to receive volume shipments of the 64-Mbit chip.
Nvidia of Santa Clara, Calif., plans to use the 4-Mbit-by-16 DDR SDRAMs to support its graphics processors, said Hyundai. The new memory provides data rates up to 333 MHz and offers 5.3-gigabit/second bandwidth on a 128-bit wide bus, according to the Korean chip maker.
Hyundai said it began volume shipments of the 64-Mbit DDR SDRAM in early October and the company plans to continue ramping volumes throughout the next year. "We see a long life expectancy for 64-Mbit DDR," said Farhad Tabrizi, vice president of strategic marketing for DRAMs at Hyundai MicroElectronics based in San Jose. He said volume production of 128-Mbit DDR memories are now scheduled to begin early next year.
"In 2000, the overall DRAM market will be about 85% PC100 and PC133, with DDR accounting for about 10% and Rambus making up about 5%," said Tabrizi, referring to the high-performance format promoted by Rambus Inc. of Mountain View, Calif. "In 2001, however, DDR will grow from about 10% to 25% while Rambus is predicted to move slowly from 5% to 8%. There are so many programs that will be launching products with DDR next year that DDR will be the fastest growing memory technology in 2000," claimed the marketing VP.
Early next year, Hyundai expects to ramp volume production of a new 2-Mbit-by-32 DDR memory that operates at 366 MHz. This will be followed by a 4-Mbit-by-16 DDR device with 400-MHz data rate speeds.