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Rambus shares crept up to just under $73 last night in anticipation of the company releasing its financial results for the fourth quarter. The firm, which specialises in fast memory technology (cough), recorded an increase in both revenue and profits, year on year, despite its recent problems. It showed revenue of $12.3 million for Q4, compared to $9.7 million in Q4 1998, while profits almost doubled, with operating income rising to $3.4 million compared to $1.8 million. The share price has toppled since the middle of the year, and suffered a steep decline after Intel admitted there was a big problem with RDRAM memory two weeks ago. Financial analysts on Wall Street have warned that investing in Rambus, short term, is risky. But several firms are saying that shares in the company represent a good long term investment. The Rambus business model is entwined, apparently inextricably, with the Intel business model. Not only is Intel an investor in the company, but the contract between it and Rambus means that Chipzilla has to use all of its best endeavours to promote the technology. Some have speculated that there are even closer links between Rambus and Intel, with the former possessing a set of interesting patents which the latter needs to pursue its own technology roadmap. Meanwhile, Intel's shareprice showed signs of rallying after it tumbled to $72 earlier in the week. Yesterday, it announced it was buying DSP for $1.6 billion. ® See also Why Intel and Rambus are so close

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