Rambus expands cryogenic memory collaboration with Microsoft

This entry was posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017.

Rambus is expanding its collaboration with Microsoft researchers to develop prototype systems that optimize memory performance in cryogenic temperatures. Following the initial collaboration announced in December 2015, this new agreement extends joint efforts to enhance memory capabilities, reduce energy consumption and improve overall system performance.

According to Dr. Gary Bronner, vice president of Rambus Labs, the technologies being developed by the companies will improve energy efficiency for DRAM and logic operation at cryogenic temperatures, defined by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology as below −180 °C or −292.00 °F or 93.15 K and ideal for high-performance super computers and quantum computers.

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Additionally, the technologies will enable high-speed SerDes links to operate efficiently in cryogenic and superconducting domains and allow new memory systems to function at these temperatures.

“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,” Bronner explained. “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.”

Doug Carmean, partner architect within Microsoft’s research organization, expressed similar sentiments.

“We’re excited to continue working with Rambus and broaden our partnership to further develop technologies for memory optimization in cryogenic temperatures,” said Carmean. “Rambus’ expertise in memory systems has helped us identify new memory architectures to meet our future requirements.”

It should be noted that Rambus has a long history of researching and exploring emerging platforms, as well as consistently developing meaningful technologies with broad applicability.

Interested in learning more? You can check out our cryogenic memory page here.