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Samsung shuts down Rambus production

Production shifting to SDRAM until Intel can come up with a new Camino launch date

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Samsung has suspended Rambus production following Intel's red-faced delay of the Rambus-compatible i820 chipset on Monday. For Chipzilla, it's a double blow -- earlier this year it made a $100 million investment in Samsung specifically to win the Korean company's backing for Rambus. That investment should at least cushion the blow for Samsung which has spent heftily in setting up RDRAM production and punching out memory chips. Still, at least it won't be paying any royalties to Rambus. The payments are linked to the number of chips shipping, and with no Rambus-compatible motherboards out there, no chips will ship, and so presumably no royalties will need be paid. Meanwhile, fellow Rambus producer Toshiba told EE Times it will stick to its plan of putting RDRAM into production in Q4. That said, it will now be focusing its efforts on the video game market, rather than the PC business. ®

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