DDR-II vs. GDDR3 : The Forgotten Features@ 2004/06/07
In the graphics sector, the next generation of DDR, that is, GDDR3 has almost overnight become a main player, with a simplified design, lower power consumption and final riddance of some historical DRAM protocol baggage. The design improvements of GDDR3 compared to (G)DDR-II are extremely intuitive, which makes us wonder whether a similar transition could happen overnight in the system memory / desktop segment as well.
We have looked at some of the design features, especially with respect to On-Die-Termination and strobing that, in the case of DDR-II seem to be slightly off-topic and compare them with the respective GDDR3 solutions that appear more cost-effective and power-conserving. At this point it is too early to even provide a crystal-ball view of what will happen but we'll let some of the facts speak for themselves.