[LinuxBIOS] RAM organization - can 8 16Mbx16 chips give a single-rank 32Mbx64 DIMM?

Miernik miernik at ffii.org
Mon Mar 6 08:52:26 CET 2006

I have a DDR266 SO-DIMM module with 8 chips on it. I only know the specs
on the chips, they are 16Mb x 16 organization. I don't know the specs of
the whole module, there isn't even a model number.

I want to know the organization of the whole module.
Is it a dual-rank ("double-sided") module with 16Mb x 64 in each rank?
Or is it a single-rank ("single-sided") module with 32Mb x 64

Is the latter at all possible?
If yes, how to tell the difference by looking at the module?

The reason I ask, is that
on page 19 states that the memory controller supports only 1 rank with
DDR. That limitation doesn't apply to SDR controller or to DDR
controller on version 2.1 chips - page 21 on

I have a 5800A073310 chip, and I would like to know if that DDR module
should work with it or not. And also will a 1 GB DDR module work with
it. With v1.0 documentation it appears that not, but with v2.1 on page
23 it lists a 1024 MB DDR configuration with two ranks, is it possible
that v1.0 will somehow support it, only the docs didn't list it?

The module in question is here:

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