Hynix starts mass production of 512Mbit memory chips
After Samsung, Hynix and Infineon have now also presented new memory chips, each of which can store 512 Mbit, i.e. exactly 64 Mbytes of data, although Hynix in particular also wants to position its chips in the desktop market with corresponding clock rates and module sizes .
While both Samsung and Infineon first 1 GB and 2 GB (Registered) memory modules with 16 and 32 Hynix would like to start the mass production of its 10µm 512Mbit chips at the end of the year (Pentium 4 and Athlon XP are still produced in 0.13µm). These chips are designed for clock rates of 133 and 166 MHz (266 and 333 MHz DDR) and could even be used for DDR400. In the first half of next year, the production of 256 Mbit and 1 Gbit chips is to begin. With the latter, a 1 GByte single-sided memory module could be implemented with 8 chips. But the 512 Mbytes, which can be implemented with eight 512 Mbit chips, are not bad. Even with the latest high-speed RAM, such as from Corsair, you won't find any single-sided modules with a capacity of 512 MB at the moment. With the new Hynix modules, however, this would not be a problem. Thanks to the 0.10 µm production, the new memory chips also emit less heat and can be clocked a little higher.