AMD AM2: Adding DDR2, among other things
Currently, Intel has a bit of an advantage on 64-bit processors as they can support DDR2 memory. But that is all about to change with a new 940 pin design. Yes, I know AMD already has a 940 pin design, but this is a different 940 pin design, that is not compatible with the current 940 pin Opterons or early AMD 64’s.
The new AMD technology refresh, now called AM2, will bring DDR2 memory to the Athlon64 on-processor memory controller. Many in the industry have speculated about the impact of this low latency memory controller on DDR2 performance, which to this point has suffered under the impact of the higher latency Intel Netburst architecture. We are looking forward to the opportunity to take a closer look at DDR2 performance on AM2 – which is everyone’s big question.