The new Infineon DDR3 device processes data at the exceptional transfer rate of 1067Mbps (megabits per second) equivalent to about 40 songs in MP3 quality a second. DDR3 is expected to become the next standard of high-speed, low-power memory components and modules used in server systems, desktops and notebook computers.
Starting from current DDR3 performance with bandwidths of 800 Mbps and 1067 Mbps, Infineon will focus its further development activities to increase the data transfer rate up to 1600 Mbps. This will double the maximum data transfer rates of today's DDR2 memories and significantly boost the performance of future computer systems and applications.
Further enhancements of DDR3 offer increased performance at low power: the supply voltage is being reduced from 1.8 volts for DDR2 to just 1.5 volts for DDR3 targeting a work day equivalent of battery time. This voltage reduction is an important prerequisite for limiting power consumption and heat generation due to the increase in bandwidths.
The market research company iSuppli expects DDR3 DRAM products to replace their predecessor DDR2 as the main volume product in 2008. iSuppli forcasts a DRR3 market share of 55 percent the same year.
The first DDR3 customer samples from Infineon co-developed with Nanya Technology Cooperation will be available in the second half of 2006. Depending on the availability of matching platforms, volume production is currently planned for the end of 2006.