Micron has begun producing large numbers of DDR2 chips, a new
generation of memory for computers and is now assembling DDR2 chips into memory
modules. It has been shipping those modules in sizes up to 4GB to chipmaker
Intel and several PC makers. The improved performance it offers is expected to
appeal to both computer makers and consumers. PC makers, which currently
incorporate DDR memory in their products, are expected to begin the transition
to DDR2 in the first half of 2004.

Intel is expected to speed that switch by adding DDR2
technology to several new chipsets over the course of the year. Because Intel is
backing DDR2, the memory technology is expected to be rapidly adopted and widely
offered by PC makers–even if it’s only in their high-end computers at first.
More backing is likely to come from chipmaker AMD, which is expected to pick up
on DDR2 next year, as are a number of brand-name memory manufacturers and
chipset makers.