Now, in Spring 2012, as Intel launches their initial Ivy Bridge processor parts, and AMD follows with Trinity APU, you can count how many generations of CPUs succeeded each other over the past, say, six years.
Remember the Core 2 Quad in 65 nm and 45 nm generation s, then followed by the Nehalem Core i7, then Westmere, then Sandy Bridge and now Ivy Bridge? Well, these six processor generations, just like their Athlon and Phenom counterparts at AMD, depend on DDR3 as the memory standard for these six years or so, and looks like it'll continue this way for another two years. This is quite a bit longer than roughly four years that DDR2 and DDR1 each lasted respectively as the dominant memory types before that.
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