Kingston, Rambus claim multicore thread shows speed boost

Memory IP company Rambus has teamed up with Kingston Technology to produce the development of a threaded DDR3 DRAM technology which will boost data throughput by 50 percent and reduce power consumption by 20 percent.

The companies said in a statement that multicore computing needs more bandwidth and higher rates of random access from DRAM.

The threaded memory module technology uses standard DDR3 devices and partitions modules into multiple independent channels with a shared command/address port.

The modules will support 64 byte memory transfers at full bus speed and they’re activated half as often as in conventional modules meaning a 20 percent reduction in power required.

Rambus will show off the prototype at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, next week. There’s no word yet when such modules will be widely available in the marketplace.