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November 15, 2009

Inphi samples new server memory buffer

Claims to help suppliers design new class of memory modules LR-DIMMs

By CBR Staff Writer

Inphi said that it is sampling its new server memory buffer, which it claims to drive the creation of a new class of  memory modules LR-DIMMs, or load-reduced, dual-inline memory modules, capable of delivering upward of four times the memory capacity and nearly double the bandwidth.

The Isolation Memory Buffer enables data centre servers to take advantage of multicore and virtualisation technologies by isolating the CPU from the memory components and then buffering the memory, I/O, control and data signals, the company said.

According to Inphi, the Isolation Memory Buffer allows memory module suppliers to design a new class of products namely, LR-DIMMs. The LRDIMMs replace the register with an isolated memory buffer and reduce the load.

Young Sohn, president and CEO of Inphi, said: “With the rise of virtualisation and the move to cloud computing, memory density and server performance become key issues for data centres. Working closely with key memory module providers, CPU suppliers, and server and workstation manufacturers, Inphi developed this unique solution to break the current bottleneck and deliver the much-needed higher bandwidth and memory capacity demanded by today’s data centres.”

The samples of Inphi’s iMB01-GS02 Isolation Memory Buffer are offered in a RoHS-compliant flip chip BGA. Fully qualified parts are expected to begin shipping in first quarter of 2010.

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