Qimonda starts volume production of Rambus XDR DRAM for PS3
Qimonda, the second largest DRAM company worldwide, has announced that they are mass producing XDR RAM modules for use in the PlayStation 3. An article on EDN.com is suggesting that Qimonda might be mass producing 512mb XDR RAM modules that they first showed off earlier this year. Current models of the Playstation 3 offer only 256mb of XDR RAM, which some gamers, industry analysts, and developers have complained about.
What many of those people don't understand is that the true power of the Playstation 3 doesn't lie in the memory, but in the eight-core architecture of the Cell processor. The Cell processor can handle a lot of physics objects because it's very math intensive, but struggles with memory intensive coding, which challenges developers to completely rework their game structure.
Press Release: Qimonda Started Volume Production of Rambus XDR™ DRAM for PLAYSTATION®3 Computer Entertainment System
Aug 26, 2008 - Munich, Germany and Los Altos, CA
Qimonda AG, a leading manufacturer of memory products, and Rambus Inc., one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed memory architectures, today announced that Qimonda has started shipping XDR DRAM in volume for the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system.
Qimonda started to ship first samples of the 512Mb XDR DRAM in January 2008. The XDR memory solution extends the Qimonda specialty RAM portfolio to better serve high-performance and high-bandwidth applications for the fast growing global computing and consumer electronics markets.
"We are very proud to have started the volume production of our XDR product for PS3. This is a further milestone reflecting our product diversification strategy and demonstrating our leading position in the specialty memory market," said Robert Feurle, Vice President Business Unit Specialty DRAM of Qimonda AG. "We are prepared to support all our customers with XDR DRAM in various applications."
The XDR memory architecture is proven in high-volume, cost-competitive applications. Qimonda’s XDR DRAM, operating at 3.2Gbps, provides 6.4GB/s of peak memory bandwidth with a single, 2-byte wide device. With a roadmap extending to 6.4Gbps, providing 12.8GB/s of bandwidth per device, XDR DRAM provides an order of magnitude higher performance than today's standard memories. With XDR DRAM, designers can achieve unprecedented performance with the fewest devices.
"Qimonda’s leadership and commitment to the XDR memory architecture expands the supply for this advanced memory solution for consumer and computing applications," said Sharon Holt, senior vice president of worldwide sales, licensing and marketing at Rambus. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Qimonda on future XDR memory solutions for high-volume applications demanding breakthrough performance."
Backed by comprehensive engineering support services that range from chip design to system integration, the award-winning XDR memory architecture features key enabling technologies built on patented Rambus innovations that include low-voltage, low-power Differential Rambus Signaling Level (DRSL); Octal Data Rate (ODR) technology that transfers eight bits of data each clock cycle; FlexPhase™ circuit technology for precise on-chip alignment of data with clock; and Dynamic-Point-to-Point (DPP) for both enhanced signal integrity and scalability.
It would be great if Sony would use Qimonda's 512 MB modules, instead of offering only the 256 MB modules available today in the Sony PS3. That way I would most certainly buy a new PS3, and wish that the game developers would take use of the extra 256 MB added. It would be a huge performance bonus there!
And by adding another 256 MB of RAM Linux at PS3 would be much greater! Let's just keep our fingers crossed for this one, even though I believe that we'll not see more than 256 MB modules from Qimonda in the PS3... Hope I'm wrong though.