Apple to offer 8GB RAM chips on iMac, Mac mini for the first time
Apple is expected to double the RAM capabilities of the next-generation of Intel Ivy Bridge-powered iMacs and Mac minis, reports 9to5Mac. With Ivy Bridge PCs shipping in the middle of this year, the upgraded Macs are considered to be somewhat overdue. However, when they arrive, users who choose to purchase a build-to-order machine will be able to add up 32GB of RAM in the iMac or 16GB of RAM in the Mac mini.
Microcomputer capable of more memory-intensive applications
The Raspberry Pi has received a RAM upgrade. The miniature computer has now got 512MB of RAM, double that of the original release, and allows the Raspberry Pi to be used in more memory-intensive applications. Despite the increase in onboard memory, the non-profit foundation chose to keep the price at $35, instead of raising it higher.
New process/technology breaks 1V barrier
Fujitsu Semiconductor and SuVolta have demonstrated a new process and technology that promises to greatly reduce the power consumption of SRAM. The new technology could be used to create SRAM capable of operating at ultra-low-voltages of 0.4V, less than one-half of today's power consumption levels. The new lower voltage SRAM could soon be seeing its way into mobile devices, tethered servers, and networking equipment.
Can bump 2010-2011 iMacs up to 32GB total
2011 model MacBook Pro and Mac minis can now be outfitted with up to 16GB of RAM -- doubling the maximum factory option -- with the introduction of DDR3 1333MHz 8GB modules now available from Other World Computing. The modules will also work with the latest model iMacs, doubling their RAM capacity to 32GB. The company offers an 8GB kit (two 4GB modules) for $72 -- a price that is up to 70 percent less than Apple's factory-installed options.
16GB Chips max out at up to 96GB
Other World Computing has launched 16GB RAM chips for Mac Pro 2009 and 2010 models, exceeding factory-shipped maximums by a factor of 1.5x to 3x -- allowing maximums of 48GB or more depending on configuration and available memory slots, with a 12-core 2010 model reaching 96GB of RAM. Kits are available for both 2009 and 2010 models.
8GB RAM kit beats Apple price by 50-percent
Fast on the heels of Apple's launch of the new Mac mini, NewerTech has launched 8GB RAM upgrade kits for the new device. The new RAM chips are PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 204 pin SO-DIMM memory modules. The 8GB kit is a pair of 4GB modules, and a single 4GB module option is also available.
Chips are PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz SO-DIMMs
Newer Technology has launched new RAM upgrade kits for iMacs, Mac minis, MacBook Pros and MacBooks, the NuRAM DDR3 1066MHz RAM. The RAM kits allow for up to 16GB on systems that offer four slots, with pairs of PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 204-pin SO-DIM modules. The RAM chips are all 4GB modules, available in single- or dual-unit packages for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and sets of four -- 16GB total -- for iMacs.
64GB and 32GB RAM upgrades
Memory America has launched 1066MHz DDR3 RAM expansion kits in 32GB and 64GB capacities for Apple’s Mac Pro. The 64GB kit is arranged using eight individual 8GB modules geared for 64-bit operation, with support for data rates of up to 8.5GB/s. The components are RoHS certified and claimed to be compatible with all Mac Pro specifications.
Trans Intl ships new RAM
Trans International has announced it is carrying RAM modules for the 2009 Mac Pro, making them the second independent carrier to provide an alternative to Apple's factory options. They join OWC in offering 1066MHz DDR3 PC8500 72-bit memory upgrades for the new Nehalem-chip Mac Pro models introduced last week. The new RAM chips meet all the JADEC & RoHS standards and conform to Apple’s thermal, mechanical and electrical design specifications, and the thermal EEPROM is installed.
OWC ships iMac RAM
Other World Computing has announced the first third party DDR3 Memory Upgrades up to 8GB for the new iMac. The new 2GB and 4GB single module upgrades are available only from OWC and are not an option on factory ordered iMacs. Kits are offered with up to 8GB of RAM for the new 2009 iMac models introduced Tuesday, at an average savings of 50-percent off of Apple's factory prices.
Magnetic RAM technology
German engineers and physicists have made a prototype of an advanced RAM system that nears the theoretical speed limit for the process. According to a NewScientistTech report, this technology – known as Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) – is claimed to be faster and more efficient then RAM currentlyavailable. Some companies speculate the capabilities and low power consumption of MRAM may push the mobile market in the years to come. So far, however, the technology is in experimental stages at the moment, and is not available for distribution.
RAM for new MacBooks
In brief: Apple ranks 15th in Web traffic in Japan, RAM for new MacBooks, MacBook Pros is available, Freeway 5 beta 3 has been released and Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Leopard Edition debuts ... Apple ranks 15th in Web traffic in Japan according to new statistics release by comScore. Apple garnered 15,633,000 unique visitors in Japan in January. comScore reports "January saw increased visitation to education, career, automotive and real estate sites as many people in Japan focused their Internet activity on planning for the New Year. Several news sites, including J-Cast.com, Sponichi.com, and Jiji.com, saw significant gains in January, with elections in Osaka, the Sumo wrestling tournament, and the Chinese food scandal being major topics in the news."
Crucial RAM for Mac Pro
Lexar Media today unveiled fully buffered Crucial 800MHz memory modules for the Mac Pro, available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB paired kits. The memory includes heat dissipation fins to balance the temperature, and feature a lifetime warranty. The new Mac Pro is capable of holding 32GB of memory, and Apple states that each increase to the system memory enhances the machine's performance due to the nature of the RAM pairings. Lexar did not unveil pricing, but said the modules are currently shipping.
Mac Pro memory upgrades
Trans International today announced that is is offering fully-buffered memory chips for Apple's quad-core and 8-core Mac Pro desktop workstations. The memory chips feature specially designed heat-sinks that conform to JADEC standards as well as Apple's Thermal, Mechanical, Electrical Design Specifications and guidelines. The memory chips come in 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB capacities and work with 2GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, and 3.2GHz Mac Pros. Prices range from $120 (2GB) to $2,800 (32GB).
Rambus Terabyte Initiative
Memory maker Rambus today unveiled its Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative, a new effort to cross a symbolic barrier for computer memory speed. The plan will see a new form of RAM that can pass 32 bits of data in one clock cycle versus the two bits of today's memory and splits the signaling between data and commands or memory addressing. The net effect is to provide 16 gigabits per second of bandwidth with a single 500MHz memory chip -- about 16 times the performance of today's DDR2 memory standard at the same clock rate.