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SMART Modular Technologies

January 05, 2011 09:00 ET

SMART Modular Technologies Announces Its 16GB DDR3 Load-Reduced DIMM

The New 16GB DDR3 LRDIMM Scales Next-Generation Enterprise Server Memory to Higher Capacity and Bandwidth, Supporting Cloud Computing and Server Virtualization

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. ("SMART" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules and solid state storage products, today announced the immediate availability of its 16GB DDR3 load-reduced DIMM (LRDIMM), which is particularly well suited to support growing cloud-computing and server-virtualization applications.

SMART's 16GB LRDIMM targets next-generation Intel® Sandy Bridge server and storage-based platforms for networking and high-performance computing applications. By selecting this LRDIMM memory solution, designers can populate all of the memory sockets in a system to their maximum density while operating at full clock speed.

The new LRDIMM uses the Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI) Isolation Memory Buffer (iMB) instead of a register, which enables higher performance at maximum system capacity. SMART's design approach minimizes loading and boosts overall server and storage system memory capacity by up to 4X, all while operating at data rates up to 1600MHz. Systems using Intel's Sandy Bridge are expected to begin shipping in the 2H'11, and system designs are underway now. For implementation on existing platforms, SMART and Inphi can provide bios modification guidance so that the LRDIMM benefits can be used prior to the industry launch in 2H'11.

SMART is currently running its 16GB DDR3 LRDIMMs on SuperMicro's® X8DTN+ server board using Intel Westmere-EP processors. This enables the server board to be loaded with 288GB of memory to run at a 1333MHz data rate (eighteen 16GB DDR3-1333 LRDIMMs) for maximum performance and capacity.

Optimized for cost and short lead times, SMART's LRDIMM uses off-the-shelf, mainstream 2Gb DDR3 DRAM technology. This is in contrast to dual-die and quad-die packaged parts that typically have supply constraints and a cost premium. SMART's new LRDIMM is configured as a 2Gbx72 4-rank module with 2Gb 512Mx4 DRAMs running at a 1333MHz data rate. The LRDIMM with rank multiplication enables more ranks of DRAMs to be populated on the memory module and to be seamlessly accessed by the CPU memory controller.

In order to deliver high quality, competitively priced, high-density LRDIMMs, SMART uses its own unique method of DRAM stacking and leverages its in-house design and test expertise to ensure full system compatibility. SMART's stacking processes for DDR1, DDR2, and DDR3 are industry-proven and supported in high volume, and SMART's LRDIMMs are JEDEC compliant and widely supported by the industry.

The new LRDIMM joins a DDR3 product portfolio that is one of the most comprehensive in the industry, with planned expansions to 32GB and 64GB in Q2'11. For additional information on SMART's 16GB LRDIMM (part number SG5722G4CH8L0PH) modules, visit www.smartm.com.

About SMART
SMART is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. SMART offers more than 500 standard and custom products to OEMs engaged in the computer, enterprise, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, defense, aerospace and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. SMART also offers high performance, high capacity solid state drives, or SSDs, for enterprise, defense, aerospace, industrial automation, medical, and transportation markets. SMART's presence in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management worldwide. See www.smartm.com for more information.

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