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Xbox to Receive DDR Memory?

Microsoft announces another strategic agreement, this time with memory super-heavyweight, Micron

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. "Microsoft® Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE: MU) today announced the signing of a six-year strategic supply agreement in which Micron will supply a majority of the DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM used in Microsoft's Xbox future generation video game console." The interesting thing about this announcement is that it's another manipulation of the Xbox specification. Last time MS went for a complete overhaul, this time it's more subtle, but it's in-keeping with current trends in the PC industry. It also proves once and for all that somewhere along the line we will be getting an Intel-based machine with DDR memory. It goes on: "The 64 Megabytes of system memory for the Xbox will be comprised of 200MHz 2 Meg X 32 DDR SDRAMs with a peak data rate of 400 Megabits per second per pin, delivering an incredible 6.4GB per second of bandwidth to the Xbox platform." For those of you who don't speak, that, what this means is that unlike your average memory which runs at 100MHz (the processor speed is designated by a multiplier number hard-coded to the CPU, multiplied by this 100MHz bus speed), this memory will run at 200MHz. The memory bandwidth is therefore doubled, allowing the Intel CPU and the NVIDIA graphics card (amongst other things) to shuffle data back and forth at will without saturating it.

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