Report: Microsoft eyes server memory to cut PC crashes

Software maker says error-correcting memory could help stem a rising tide of crashes caused by memory failures, according to a report in EE Times.

Microsoft is apparently telling computer makers that they may need to start putting in PCs the same kind of error-correcting memory commonly used in servers to avoid crashes due to memory errors.

According to a report in EE Times, the software maker has been privately circulating a white paper that claims errors from standard memory are now among the top 10 causes for system crashes.

The issue was discussed at last week's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles, though the EE Times report said memory chip makers and computer manufacturers were not necessarily all in agreement about whether so-called error-correcting code (ECC) memory was, in fact, needed.

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