Inphi Isolation Memory Buffer Named Embedded Computing Design Magazine’s Editor’s Choice

Component Recognized for Reducing Power Consumption of Servers

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., March 2, 2010 – Inphi Corporation, a high-speed analog semiconductor company, today announced that its iMB02-GS01 Isolation Memory Buffer (iMB™) component has been chosen by Embedded Computing Design magazine as its Editor’s Choice award recipient in its Deep Green category. The award-winning iMB component addresses the critical CPU/memory bottleneck in data center servers and high-performance computing systems, enabling them to operate at higher speeds with greater memory capacity and better power efficiency.

Don Dingee, Editorial Director, Embedded Computing Design and OpenSystems Media, wrote:

  • “Memory capacity and bandwidth needs are always going up, but servers are being pushed to decrease power consumption even as these performance factors increase. JEDEC has established a new specification for an isolation memory buffer that replaces a traditional register, creating a new class of devices called Load-Reduced Dual-Inline Memory Module (LRDIMMs).
  • Inphi’s new iMB02-GS01 isolation memory buffer enables more ranks of DRAM to be populated on a memory module. On most usage models, Inphi claims that a quad-ranked LRDIMM consumes lower power in both active and idle conditions compared to an equivalent quad-ranked RDIMM with the same capacity. This overall reduction in power consumption is brought about by improved termination power optimization on the LRDIMM.”

“We’re honored to receive Embedded Computing Design’s prestigious Editor’s Choice Award,” said Paul Washkewicz, Vice President of Marketing, Computing and Storage at Inphi. “This award recognizes our technology leadership in memory interface components and continued innovation in reducing the power consumption of servers. We thank Don Dingee and his editorial team for recognizing the value we bring to green computing.”

The Embedded Computing Designs Deep Green Editor’s Choice section identifies technologies that help design green into today’s new products. Other “Green in” technologies covered included: Multi-engine GPS and health-certified USB stack. The full article can be found online at: http://embedded-computing.com/green-buffers-health-certified-usb-stack.

About Inphi’s Isolation Memory Buffer Component
The Isolation Memory Buffer (iMB) component is a logic device that interfaces with the Host memory controller through a DDR3 connector interface. It is placed centrally on the LRDIMM board for optimal design of the Command, Address and Control signals. The primary purpose of the iMB component is to reduce the burden of driving long traces of Data, Command and Control signals on the Host controller drivers. The iMB isolates the electrical loading of DRAM devices on the LRDIMM from the host memory controller and from other DIMMs on the same host memory channel. This isolation improves signal integrity and allows an increased number of DRAM devices on a DIMM and an increased number of DIMM slots per channel at a given operating frequency, dramatically increasing server memory capacity and bandwidth compared to existing DDR3 RDIMM technology.

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About Inphi
Inphi Corporation, a high-speed analog semiconductor company, provides leading-edge interface components that operate at critical interfaces within cloud computing environments, addressing the bandwidth, capacity and power issues faced by data centers and 40G/100G networks. By leveraging its core competencies in advanced analog circuit design, signal integrity, power management, packaging and process technologies, Inphi has taken a leadership role in the markets it serves. Inphi’s more than 150 analog components push the boundaries of existing server, storage and broadband networking applications while paving the way for new ones. To learn more about Inphi, visit www.inphi.com.



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