The arrival of synchronous Dram memories from semiconductor giant Samsung is set to shake out PC vendors and distributors as the major manufacturers begin to include it in their machines.
Synchronous memory works with the microprocessor and the bus on PC motherboards and, like both of these, is measured by Megahertz rather than access speed.
According to a major UK memory distributor, the big PC vendors are gearing up for a big push to change all their machines to the new standard this spring. ?Dell is already using synchronous memory in 90 per cent of its machines,? he said. ?Compaq is going over to the standard in the next two months and IBM?s range will go synchronous in quarter two.?
But Alan Stanley, managing director of memory company Dane-Elec, said: ?It will take four more months to get this type of memory to the aftermarket and hit the streets. Most [new] motherboards have a slot for synchronous memory but the parts are 15 to 20 per cent more expensive [than EDO] at present.?
That means, he said, that while high end companies like Dell, Compaq and IBM will have machines out in the market in the next four or five months, many second and third tier PC companies are unlikely to have such machines before October or November this year.
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