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Memory Systems by David Wang, Spencer Ng, Bruce Jacob

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CHAPTER 14

The Fully Buffered DIMM Memory System

Owing to advancements in semiconductor process technology, processing power in modern computer systems is growing at extraordinary rates. The growth in processing power, in turn, places additional demands on the memory system in terms of larger capacity and higher speed to increase the overall processing and storage capability of the system. Unfortunately, existing multi-drop, bus-based memory system architecture has proven to be difficult to scale in terms of capacity and speed. That is, the traditional memory system architecture can be scaled in capacity or speed, but not in both attributes simultaneously. Additionally, economic forces of the DRAM memory market dictate that any memory system ...

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