FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), Inc. (SMART) (NASDAQ: SMOD), a leading independent manufacturer of memory modules, embedded computing subsystems, and TFT-LCD display products, has introduced a low-power 4GB DDR3 registered DIMM (RDIMM) tailored for server applications. SMART's DDR3 memory module offers OEMs multiple benefits, including 8-bit DRAMs for low-power, quad-rank architecture to cost-effectively enable high densities, and a single register design for reduced memory bus loading.

Lowering power consumption in servers is an industry-wide challenge. DDR3 technology, compared to DDR2, overcomes this challenge by reducing power consumption, while offering the additional benefits of higher overall memory capacities and improved system speeds (up to 667Mhz/1333MHz data rate). In addition to the inherent benefits of DDR3 technology, SMART uses 8-bit (instead of 4-bit) DRAMs to reduce the number of active DRAMs per rank from 18 to 9 and emerging mainstream DDR3 1Gb (128Mx8) components to achieve cost-effective high memory density.

SMART's design employs a single register, which allows OEMs to implement more high-density DIMMs per processor without overloading their system. The speed grades supported by the new DDR3 registered quad-rank 8-bit DIMM include DDR3-1066 (PC3-8500) and DDR3-133 (PC3-10600). "SMART is working with its industry partners to help enable a smooth transition to DDR3 technology," explained Arthur Sainio, SMART's Senior Product Marketing Manager. "DDR3 memory modules designed for lower power, reduced memory bus loading and higher densities will help drive the launch of leading-edge system hardware."

This new RoHS-compliant design features a quad-rank architecture that is supported by industry-leading processor companies such as Intel® (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD (NYSE: AMD). Many OEM server platforms using DDR3 memory technology are already in development, which should result in DDR3 RDIMM shipments gaining momentum in the second half of 2008. According to Nam Hyung Kim, a DRAM analyst at iSuppli, DDR3 registered DIMM for servers will grow from 0.8 million units in 2008 to 5.5 million units in 2009, and climb to 22.7 million units in 2011.


SMART is a leading independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic subsystems to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. SMART offers more than 500 standard and custom products to OEMs engaged in the computer, industrial, networking, gaming, telecommunications, and embedded application markets. Taking innovations from the design stage through manufacturing and delivery, SMART has developed a comprehensive memory product line that includes DRAM, SRAM, and Flash memory in various form factors. Its Embedded Products Division develops embedded computing subsystems, backed by design and manufacturing, for markets supporting test equipment, 3G infrastructure and network processing applications. SMART's Display Products Group designs, manufactures and sells thin film transistors (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) solutions to customers developing casino gaming systems as well as embedded applications such as kiosk, ATM, point-of-service, and industrial control systems. SMART's presence in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America enables it to provide its customers with proven expertise in international logistics, asset management, and supply-chain management worldwide. See for more information.

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