Hitachi has joined the race to supply memories compliant with Intel's PC-100 specification, with a 256Mbit synchronous Dram chip.
The adoption of the standard means PC vendors building workstations and high end servers will be able to replace 64Mbit components without re-engineering sockets on motherboards.
According to Hitachi, the .2 micron parts will offer bandwidths of up to 800Mbps and access time of six nanoseconds. It will start sampling the parts in autumn this year with volume production towards the end of 1998.
Hitachi did not say where the parts will be fabricated, nor whether it would license its technology to third party manufacturers. Like other Japanese manufacturers of Dram memories, the company has somewhat pared back its production of this type of semiconductor.
But the fact it is producing a PC-100 compliant 256Mbit chip means that it is still committed to future developments in the market, and has already licensed the Intel backed Rambus Direct fast interface technology.
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