Micron Technology, a maker of dynamic random access memory, has announced 1066MHz DDR2 modules. Using 1Gb 1066MHz DDR2 memory devices manufactured with the 78nm process technology, Micron has created 512MB, 1GB and 2GB memory modules that operate at the standard DDR2 1.8V voltage supply. Samples of Micron's 1Gb DDR2 1066MHz components are now available for select customers and volume production is expected in the third quarter of 2007.
Previously, to achieve a 1066MHz clock-speed one would have to overclock an 800MHz module at the cost of increased voltages of 2.1V – 2.2V, which is a threat for reliability and may not be supported by certain motherboards. The formal launch of 1066MHz integrated circuits can allow numerous makers of memory modules to reveal PC2-8500 with standard voltages and makers of pre-overclocked memory modules to push their products even further. Currently only Nvidia Corporation formally supports PC2-8500 memory with several of its chipsets for Intel processors although announcements of support in chipsets and microprocessors have floated in from Advanced Micro Devices, Silicon Integrated Systems and Via Technologies - Intel has yet to agree.
News source: Xbit Laboratories