Microsoft and Rambus optimizing DRAM for cryogenic temperatures

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Rambus and Microsoft are working together on developing systems that optimize memory performance on cryogenic temperatures. This is the second time the two companies are teaming up, following the initial collaboration back in December 2015.

According to Rambus, the new partnership aims to "enhance memory capabilities, reduce energy consumption and improve overall system performance."

The two companies are now looking to develop systems to improve energy efficiency for DRAM and logic operation at temperatures below minus 180 degrees Celsius, ideal for high-performance supercomputers and quantum machines.

"With the increasing challenges in conventional approaches to improving memory capacity and power efficiency, our early research indicates that a significant change in the operating temperature of DRAM using cryogenic techniques may become essential in future memory systems," says Dr. Gary Bronner, vice president of Rambus Labs. "Our strategic partnership with Microsoft has enabled us to identify new architectural models as we strive to develop systems utilizing cryogenic memory. The expansion of this collaboration will lead to new applications in high-performance super computers (HPC) and quantum computers."

"We’re excited to continue working with Rambus and broaden our partnership to further develop technologies for memory optimization in cryogenic temperatures," says Doug Carmean, partner architect within Microsoft’s research organization. "Rambus’ expertise in memory systems has helped us identify new memory architectures to meet our future requirements."

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