Feeds

Seven Dramurai™ say they will make Rambus cheaper

But premium will still be 25 per cent more next year

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Intel Developer Forum Intel presided over the foundation of the RDRAM Implementers Forum today, with members vowing to reduce the cost of Rambus memory. At a press conference in Palm Springs, Pat Gelsinger, senior VP of Intel's desktop division introduced representatives of seven memory manufacturers, each of which has taken the Rambus pledge. The inaugural members of the Seven Dramurai™ are Hyundai, Infineon, Micron, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba and Intel itself, represented by Farhad Tabrizi, Jan du Preez, Don Baldwin, Kenji Tokuyama, Yoongae Rha, Shozo Saito, and Pat "Kicking" Gelsinger. Geoff Tate, president of Rambus, was also there to answer questions from the press. He said: "The DRAM companies have worked together to deliver Rambus and we're ready for production. Rambus memories run eight times faster. It's as if we had moved from the 486 to the Pentium III in one leap." But Tate said his company would not reduce the royalties it is collecting from manufacturers to help cut costs. That, he said, would make little difference to the cost of the parts. "There's no change in the royalties," he said. "The royalties are a small percentage of these costs." Manufacturing companies have already paid Rambus to licence memory products. Instead, the Seven Dramurai™ will work together to reduce packaging and testing costs. But a representative from Samsung estimated that the premium of RIMMs over memory such as PC-133 will be 25 per cent by the middle of next year. Dell came onto the stage to say that it was producing a system using RIMMs. But, he stressed, it was a high end system used for mission critical applications. Rambus technology, he said, would appeal to the corporate marketplace. Gelsinger confirmed that Intel will reveal its thoughts after evaluating PC-133 SDRAM tomorrow. But he gave no indication as to which way Chipzilla™ will swing. ® Full IDF Summer 99 coverage

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.