Compaq packs speedy DDR memory into desktops

The Presario Series 7000z model 7QS, which is priced from $3700, is Compaq's first desktop to include the DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) technology, a company spokesman said. DDR SDRAM doubles the data transfer rate in a chipset to give users an edge when working with graphic-intensive applications or creating digital content.

The memory standard is being promoted by AMD, Taiwanese chip maker Via Technologies and several memory makers as a cheaper alternative to RDRAM (Rambus DRAM), which is based on proprietary technology from memory technology design company Rambus.

The 7QS is offered with AMD's Athlon processor at speeds ranging from 1Ghz to 1.2Ghz. Compaq will also include MyMovieStudio video editing software and DVD-R technology for writing information onto DVDs (digital versatile disks).

The PC maker also unwrapped its Presario 5000z series model 5UV PC, which is priced from $2000 including a 15-inch monitor. The low-cost machine comes with an AMD Athlon or Duron processor with speeds ranging from 800Mhz to 1Ghz, Compaq said.

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