AMD has announced that it will provide support for DDR3 memory in the new Phenom II processors already in the middle of 2009, earlier than planned.
AMD plans to add support for DDR3 processors in the Pentium II processors (core of Deneb) in the middle of 2009, but may be delayed by several market factors, including memory costs, said John Taylor, a spokesman for the company. Support for DDR3 memory will be enabled with the AM3 processor bracket to support the Phenom II processors. The launch of the AM3 chassis and new motherboards based on it is planned several months after the launch of the Phenom II, in January 2009.
“We are interested in entering the market at the right time with the right product,” Taylor said. "The company takes into account the price of DDR3 memories and the benefits they give to the customer before deciding on the launch date," he added. The company plans to move to DDR3 on server systems with the Maranello platform in 2010. The Marnello platform includes 6-core (Sao Paulo) and 12-core (course-course) processors.
The DDR3 memory is the latest memory for computer systems and offers more bandwidth than the old DDR2 memory. As processors become faster, they process larger amounts of data at any given time and therefore need faster memory communication. DDR3 memory can definitely improve processor performance assuming that the applications that use it do take full advantage of bandwidth. The main disadvantage of the new memories today is their high price, relative to DDR2 memories.
The Phenom II processors are manufactured using 45 nanometer manufacturing technology and early AMD tests have been able to speed them up to 4 GHz with air cooling, and transition to 5 GHz with more exotic cooling. The first processors expected to appear in January will be processors with 4 cores and 8 megabytes of cache at speeds up to 3 GHz and will support DDR2 or DDR3 memories. Intel launched this month Core i7 series processors Which already have support forDDR3.