Tuesday, September 28, 1999
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif Rambus Inc stated today that they are continuing to work with Intel and PC OEMs on system verification testing of RDRAM(R)-based platforms. The statements were made in response to published speculation about the system verification testing underway for performance desktop PC platforms using the Intel 820 Chipset.
Some issues with platforms supporting three RIMM(TM) module connectors have been identified, and Intel, Rambus and the OEMs are working to quickly resolve them. While the three-connector implementations offer OEMs maximum configuration flexibility, they result in over 1000 permutations of connectors, module designs, frequency grades, optional parity/ECC for system test. The testing has shown that some configurations have issues relating to the combination of the memory system components, module configurations, and motherboard design.
"Intel is committed to working with Rambus, the Direct RDRAM(TM) suppliers and its customers to validate the Intel 820 Chipset, and the systems that use it, as soon as possible," said Pete MacWilliams, Intel Fellow. "Intel believes RDRAM is the memory solution that will provide the best performance with today's high-performance microprocessors."
"Dell is committed to working with Intel and Rambus to complete the platform validation of RDRAM-based systems," said Carl Everett, senior vice president of Dell Computer Corporation. "Direct RDRAM is a strategic technology to Dell."
"Toshiba's commitment to the Rambus(R)-memory architecture has not changed," said Stephen Marlow, vice president of Toshiba America Electronic Components' Memory Business Unit. "We firmly believe that RDRAM provides the optimum solution for high performance PC and Consumer platforms, " he added.
"When the RDRAM-based platforms are released they will have passed substantial, broad, and rigorous system-level testing. The goal of Rambus and our partners is to provide a solution at a higher quality standard than what occurred at prior memory transitions," said Dave Mooring, senior vice president of Rambus Inc.
Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS), based in Mountain View, Calif., develops and licenses high-speed chip-to-chip interface technology that enables semiconductor memory devices to keep pace with faster generations of processors and controllers. Providers of Rambus-based integrated circuits include the world's leading DRAM, ASIC and PC controller manufacturers. Currently, eight of the world's top-10 semiconductor companies license Rambus technology. More information on Rambus Inc. and its high-bandwidth interface technology is available at http://www.rambus.com.
Rambus and RDRAM are registered trademarks of Rambus Inc. Direct RDRAM and RIMM are trademarks of Rambus Inc.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the market acceptance, performance, compatibility and date of availability of Rambus memory system components. Actual results may differ materially.
By: CST Staff
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