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Intel has denied that it has canned Rambus support in notebook computers -- despite claims from industry sources, cited by Electronic Buyer's News, to the contrary. According to the sources, Chipzilla's Greendale project is now dead. Greendale's remit was to develop a chipset to allow mobile PCs to use Rambus Direct DRAM. Intel, on the other hand, says it still plans to get a mobile Rambus chip-set out sometime next year. Or maybe the year after... Hardly, a tight schedule. So given the problems Intel had with the Camino roll-out, maybe it's playing it very</> cautious this time. Whether that means the project is dead or postponed until such a time as it becomes clear that OEMs actually want a mobile Rambus chipset remains to be seen. Rambus is well suited to mobile applications, thanks to its power-saving features, but with market research projections currently suggesting DDR SDRAM will outsell Direct DRAM by a massive margin for the next couple of years at least, it's questionable how much OEMs will want mobile Rambus at all. ®

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