Elpida Memory Inc. Friday said that the company's next-generation DDR2 SDRAM has "passed an evaluation" by Intel Corp. for use with server processors and chipsets in 2004.
An Intel spokesman also disclosed that the DDR2 memory will be supported by a chipset code-named Lindenhurst, which will interoperate with the Nacona two-way server MPU, and also with a chipset known as Twin Castle that will support a four-way server processor called Potomac.
Intel had revealed at the Intel Developer Forum in February that the new chipsets and processors would use DDR2 memory.
Elpida said it is now sampling a 512Mbit DDR2 chip with data rates of 400Mbits/s and 533Mbits/s. A spokeswoman for the memory chipmaker said production is expected to start in June. The DDR2 chip is made at Elpida's plant in Hiroshima, Japan, using 0.11-micron processing.
Elpida had unveiled its DDR2 memory IC more than a year ago. That chip was made with 0.13-micron processing, but the more advanced production line will result in a smaller die size, the spokeswoman said.
The DDR2 chips are available for $120 each in sample quantities.