If you’ve ever looked into computer memory, you might’ve come across some weird acronyms. RAM, DRAM, SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, and so on. You know they’re supposed to be the memory, but you don’t know the difference and now you’re just confused. Here’s a short bit on what you need to know about computer memory.

A DDR3, which stands for the third generation of double data rate that is used to store program code data. Out of the three options, it’s the one you’re better off getting. DDR3 is currently the most standard memory you can get for your computer memory or RAM, random access memory. To be more specific, DDR3 is the current standard for SDRAM, synchronous random-access memory.

Developed in the 1990s, SDRAM was developed to address the inadequacies of DRAM. DRAM was an asynchronous interface, which meant that it operated independently of the processor, which meant that it was slow. SDRAM streamlined the process by synchronizing the memory process to control inputs, so it could queue one process while waiting for another and therefore execute more tasks much more quickly. Eventually, SDRAM, which was operating via a single data rate interface was too slow and replaced with the DDR or double data rate. DDR could transfer data on both the rising and falling edges of the clock signal, operating at nearly twice the speed of the SDRAM. This leads the revelation that memory could run at a lower clock rate, use less energy, and achieve faster speeds.

Eventually, as processors became more powerful, DDR also became insufficient and by 2003, the DDR2 was introduced. Continued advancements in technology drove the demand for faster, more powerful processors and memory with DDR2. So, the cycle continued with DDR3 in 2007. In 2014, the DDR4 was introduced, and 2019 is expected to see the DDR5. Currently, DDR3 is the base standard, but with DDR5 on its way, that could change. Hopefully, now you know a bit more about memory and the acronyms make more sense. 

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Is DDR4 better than DDR3?

In 2006, several DRAM manufacturers announced that they were supplying the industry’s first DDR3 devices and modules to leading PC developers by early 2007 and that DDR3s would be available by the end of 2007 and early 2008. While a DDR3 memory might seem like much to us today in 2018 because of the release of the DDR4 in 2014, in 2006, the DDR3 SDRAMs were exciting.

The DDR3 SDRAM stands for double date rate type three synchronous dynamic random-access memory. The successor to the DDR and DDR2 and predecessor to the DDR4, the DDR3 is a type of high-bandwidth data storage. With speeds twice that of the highest speed DDR2, higher bandwidth, and an increase in performance at low power, the DDR3 was a revelation in 2006. DDR3 SDRAM devices could transfer data at up to 1600 Mbps, double that of the DDR2 at 800 Mbps, but more efficiently with a supply voltage of only 1.5 V, down from the 1.8 V of the DDR2. In addition, with the downgrade of the supply voltage comes a reduction in power consumed and heat generated that could otherwise damage the component. Overall, in comparison to its predecessors, the DDR3 was more efficient, something that the DDR4 would take further 7 years later.

In addition to improvements made from the DDR2 SDRAM, DDR3 also introduced an asynchronous reset pin, self-calibration, system leveling, and a CAS Write Latency per speed bin. Then, in 2013, DRAM manufacturers announced that 2014 would see the processor of the DDR3, the DDR4. Even more than the DDR3, the DDR4 wowed the electronics industry with better performance and new capabilities. Effectively, the DDR4 rendered even the DDR3 obsolete. 

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Everything about Flash Memory

Flash memory is used as a storage device just like a hard drive or Ram. What sets it apart is its size and portability. The ease transferring data from one computer to another using a flash drive is a breeze due to its ease of use. The flash drive can be plugged into a USB port in a laptop or computer, when this is accomplished, you can easily move files from your computer to the flash drive. This makes it possible to transport information through a storage device that’s small, convenient, and compatible with all computers and laptops.

Flash drivers have EEPROM (Electronically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) chips. The drive has transistors and columns that align with a cell that make flash memory possible. Tunneling and erasing are vital functions of Flash Memory. Tunneling is used to alter electrons that are essential for flash memory to function and makes erasing files on flash memory is easy.

A great alternative to flash memory drives are flash memory cards. Flash memory cards are smaller and have no noise, no moving parts and it allows quick access compared to a drive. With these benefits, people would ask why don’t we use memory cards and not flash drives since they are faster, smaller, and less chance for malfunction? It’s because the flash drives are significantly cheaper. You can get much more memory for the price with a memory drive, which even though it has drawbacks compared to the memory cards, its still extremely reliable and can be trusted with the files you would like to save or share.

Its clear the benefits of being able to travel anywhere and being able to bring files to be shared or transferred. The ease of use and speed of flash memory is undeniable.

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Flash Memory

Flash memory is used broadly every day in all types of products memory products including mobile phones, cameras, computers and more! Flash is created to last for an extended amount of time especially for its diverse application methods there is a never-ending demand for it. However, there has been an increase in unauthorized resellers who are disposing of used chips in the flash and reselling the flash as a new product.  This can negatively impact the buyer because of the unethical approach to the dispensing method as well as the quality that is being compensated. To avoid situations of buying a falsely advertised flash, the engineers at the University of Alabama began to research a way to identify the possible usage of the flash memory.

Flash memory is composed of three parts which are the gate, drain, and source. The voltage makes its way on the control gate which moves the electrons to down the bottom oxide which fastens it inside the floating gate. The voltage needed is readily measurable with the stored charge.

The chips are removed by driving charge out the floating gate. The engineers found the alteration to the flash, affects the flash memory negatively due to the currents leaking through when it needs to be turned off. This also lowers the rate of the charge moving through the device, which slows down the flash, which takes a toll on the memory’s erase time.

Research that has been reported says IEEE International Symposium in Washington D.C., the engineer’s technique was able to decipher recycled flash memory with as little as three percent usage. Overall the effects of the research played to decipher which flash memory had a history of usage and the long-term effects of what used flash memory is.

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Intel and Cyber Security

During the previous couple years, the computing industry experienced some of the most dangerous version of hacking into Intel processors. Many people and businesses were affected due to this unwanted intrusion into their personal devices. Top computing systems that are found in as the AMD, ARM and Intel units are now being affected. Mobile devices such as tablets, laptops, smart phones, and other important devices can be drained of their private information.

According to Source from the UK, emphasizes that

“This is one of the biggest cyber security vulnerabilities we’ve ever seen in terms of the potential impact to personal, business and infrastructure computer systems.”

Also mentioning that due to the extreme precision hacking in the core of the products it is often times close to impossible in determining if the product is actually affected or not. Since mostly all devices and CPUs use these standard types of units it very likely that devices globally can and will be affected by this unwanted problem. A term known as “Speculative Execution “is the reason for the unwanted hacking and intrusion. The Primary goal of the S.E was created to work as an enhancement for the performance of a chip but took a turn down south.

The temporary solution has been released by some companies but is not sure to be the permanent solution. Another factor that may take a toll by adding the patches is slowing down of the entire computer processing system. Due to the volume of damage that these problems may cause, the legal matter has also been taking place. These processing companies are practicing what is known as “responsible disclosure” which allows for them to release their issues to the public once having a solution to avoid jeopardizing their name and affect their stock price. One company that took this into practice regarding the hacking into their system was Intel but was exposed by “The Register” and was forced to reveal their issue.

Keeping up with security software on your device can minimize the chances of your device being affected.

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Cisco pure storage Flashstack

On February 14 2017, there was an article posted by George Kerr on Cisco which talks about how Cisco has big plans to have a solution to its epic infrastructure. The solution that Cisco has provided deals mainly with electronic health records or EHRs.

Digital media records have been the healthcare industry more seamless which reduces the number of errors and improve coordination of care. Digital media records also gets rids of tangible records that are stored away in manila folders, unsecured paper, and rooms filled with filing cabinets.

With the help of flash storage, paper records are a thing of the past, however the infrastructure of the digital media records have to be “rip and replaced” every time one would want to upgrade the infrastructure. This most likely done on a routine basis of every 3 to 4 years. While this is a lot better than having tangible copies of patient information, the whole upgrading in structure is very costly and time consuming.

Cisco has announced their partnership with Pure Storage to create flash storage which is an instantly upgradable platform. Adding new capabilities and capacity only takes minutes to install. Not only this but it is also very user friendly. One early adopter of the product was able to achieve over 230% ROI from this product.

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nantero nram

The carbon nanotube memory’s ship has finally came. Nantero made the non volatile random access memory or NRAM which has way passed its sell date. It seems as this this type of technology was not competitive as it is coming almost close to a decade later than other company’s launch dates.

Because this NRAM use nanotube groups that are deposited randomly within a space on a substrate as opposed to being individually place in very specific places within a space, MRAN is able to easily mass produce these products.

Nantero wasn’t in the best shape in the past, however things changed after a deal was made between Fujitsu and the company. Chris Spivey, the senior editor at BCC said that,

“Fujitsu announced that they see NRAM as having a natural place alongside their ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM).”

Here’s what Johnson wrote about what Takashi Eshita, the senior director of system recovery at Fujitsu told Spivey.

“…Although FRAM has excellent advantages, such as high speed, low power consumption, high endurance, and so on, shrinking its size is slightly difficult. NRAM has the potential to be ramped up to large memory capacities, so with that in mind, Fujitsu decided to boost its non-volatile memory lineup by starting to develop NRAM for large-scale memories.”

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memory technology revolutionized

Tom Coughlin wrote an article for Forbes talking about how the computing industry is changing. There was a Persistent Memory Summit in San Jose which was held by Storage Networking Industry Association who show chased the major push that is called the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative. Persistent Memory will be providing high performance solid state memory that can hold data longer than DRAM memory without even having to refresh the data on devices.

A lot of the current persistent memory have been using the NVMe protocol which also includes things such as DRAM/Flash and flash devices while using computer memory bus. This is also known as the NVDIMM

It is common that NVDIMM can be used in traditional block based devices. Here is what Coughlin mentioned about this.

“NVDIMM’s can be used like traditional block based devices with access through the traditional I/O stack like traditional storage or treated like computer system memory using the Load/Store bus with direct access to stored bits. The figure below shows that the latter approach can lead to very low latencies.”

Here at ASAP Memory, an ASAP Semiconductor owned company, we have the resources to supply a vast array of electronic products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process with effectively. We offer cost-effective aerospace and electronic component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in getting a quote, please feel free to contact our friendly sales staff at or call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780. We are your source to all your hard to find parts. We have sold over 100 parts and guarantee a quote back within 15 minutes.

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When computers where invented their hardware parts were massive compared to what we have today, processing systems and memory storage would take the space of a room. Now a day what used to take the space of an entire room can fit inside your pocket, however, companies that are involved in high data processing even today and with how advanced computer hardware’s have become, it still may be an issue. Storing data for some companies, businesses and research facilities can be overwhelming and finding a solution is very critical. The Oklahoma Medial Research Foundation is facing a storage problem with their complex scientific data collection and they are looking for storage and backup solutions with SwuftStack object storage.

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation needs this storage to continue their research freely, their research covers areas of Cardiovascular, cancer and aging disease. Their institute is being supported by SwiftStack and data storage problem is going to be solved short term as well as long term as research continues and data storage is needed. SwiftStack storage capacity can be very high and store almost 1 PB of data, this approximately measured to be 350 TB. 2oo TB can be used as for new data and 150 TB can be used for backup purposes.

ASAP Memory Parts is a global distributor of all kinds of parts including networking and PC Hardware. We can help you get hard to find parts and for low prices, in our efforts in staying competitive we have created a platform ASAP Memory to allow our customers to submit requests for quotes very easily and quickly. Simply submit a request online at by enter the part number and any other information that that the part has, and you will receive a quote shortly. You can also send us a request via email at if you would like to provide more information or if you have a list of part numbers that you are looking for. Finally, you can also speak with one of our sales representatives by calling +1-714-705-4780.


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Swiftech Komodo Titan X Pascal Luxury Series

Swiftech releases its latest graphic card with new stylish look and greater performance. It is an evolution from its previous series the ECO MODEL. The unique structure of the card is designed for graphic processors, voltage regulators and VRAM models. Equipped with a thermal pad that have been installed for the latter parts. They have also included a tube of Swiftechs very own Tim-Mate 2 Thermal grease to be able to seal the empty gaps where there is unwanted access airflow. There are various components that attached to the water block alongside a 1mm gap filler.

The company strongly believes to follow Nvidias instructions of the third part thermal solutions to be able to perform at its maximum potential.  The card has been labeled as luxury product that differentiates it from the rest. Swiftech has been able to incorporate a ALED system that enlightens the entire card while also showing the block edges, coolant windows and their bridges. The bridges and the housing that pair cards pieces together are made of acrylic material.  The cold plate of the card has been manufactured from a chrome platted copper that has been embedded with a black andodised aluminum top. The aluminum top has been marked with a “TITAN X “white label that has been placed on top of more black aluminum to match the rest of the card. The Titan X is the evolution of graphic cards with its luxurious looks and great performances. This card measures to about 10 inches long and is compatible with most modern appliances.

The price of the Komodo Titan X Pascal Luxury Edition doesn’t have a drastic change in price but is indeed more expensive than its previous Titan X Pascal Eco Edition. The Komodo is currently priced at $169.95 US while the ECO Series remains at a $124.95 US.


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