Feeds

Intel readies more Rambus stop-gaps

Can't get Direct DRAM? Er... try this... or that... or the other, says Chipzilla

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Intel is to introduce what it's calling a "memory hub" to allow PC vendors using its upcoming Camino chipset to use PC100 SDRAM in place of next-generation Rambus Direct DRAM while RDRAM parts remain thin on the ground. According to News.com, the memory hub technology will allow a Pentium III to operate a system bus clock speed of 133MHz but access the memory at slower speeds to retain compatibility with the current memory spec. However, Intel is also known to be working on a 'S-RIMM' technology, which allows PC100 SDRAM chips to be placed on a RAMBUS Inline Memory Module, as reported by The Register earlier this year. The snag with S-RIMM technology is that it requires memory vendors to create RIMMs to the appropriate spec. and buy the Intel ASIC that makes it all work. The memory hub approach appears to allow PC vendors to use existing memory, freeing up memory companies to focus on Direct DRAM production. Meanwhile, other chipset vendors, most notably VIA, Acer Labs and SIS, are continuing to pursue the PC133 SDRAM spec. as a stop-gap memory technology until Direct DRAM ships in sufficient volumes at a price-point that allows its use in mainstream consumer PCs. IBM Microelectronics has already committed itself to producing PC133 SDRAM, if its customers require it (see IBM to offer Rambus alternative). Of course, all this presupposes Intel can get its Camino chipset out the door, and it's increasingly looking like it's going to have a job doing so. No wonder Chipzilla has a third option, based on a 550MHz Pentium III running on a 100MHz system bus and the BX chipset, as reported here. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?