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DRAM memory module reduces server power draw

Posted: 20 Apr 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DDR2 memory  DDR2 DRAM memory module  low-voltage DDR2 

Micron Technology Inc. has introduced its new Aspen memory family of energy-efficient products, featuring what it claims is the industry's first low-voltage DDR2 DRAM in reduced chip count (RCC) memory modules. These new products, the first in the Aspen memory family, are specifically designed to lower server power consumption.

The DDR2 components that are used in servers typically operate at 1.8V. By employing its process technology and innovative circuit designs, Micron said it is able to lower DDR2 voltage to an industry-leading 1.5V. Additionally, by upgrading to the company's new 1Gbit-based RCC modules from 512Mbit-based modules, memory power can be reduced even further, providing a total savings of up to 50 per cent.

"There is currently a push in the IT server industry to reduce the vast amount of power consumed by data centres. To truly be effective, the issue of power consumption should be examined from all technology levels in a data centre server system—all the way down to the silicon level," said Brian Shirley, VP of Micron's memory group. "Our new Aspen Memory modules provide customers with the lowest power memory solution available in the industry, with no loss in performance."

Employing the new memory modules, data centres could reduce system memory power consumption by approximately 24 per cent, according to Micron.

The first products in the Aspen memory family—the LV DDR2 DRAM in RCC memory modules—are available for OEM customers.

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