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DDR takes the Taiwanese biscuit

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Computex 2000 It's a public holiday in old Taipei today for the Dragonboat Festival. But memtech company Rambus appears not just to have missed the dragon boats, but the trade show boat too.

A quick gander round the sticky halls of the Computex trade show has revealed that while Intel might be for it, and Rambus is definitely up for it, third party manufacturers are voting with their feet and adopting double data rate (DDR) and SDRAM solutions for their mobos.

One major Taiwanese mobo maker told The Register today that there was little or no demand for mobos using Rambus, especially following the recent debacle over the withdrawal of 820 chipsets using the infamous memory translator hub.

Further, those mobo makers who support the grown-up brother of the 820, the 840 (formerly known as Carmel), are not exactly plugging that hard.

And the perils of the 820 Caminogate chipset seem to have had a knock-on effect on the launch of the 820E too. A representative at one mobo maker told us that his customers had lost faith in these solutions.

A quick look around numerous mobo names showed that while quite a few were showing 820E solutions, none seemed desperately excited in promoting them. On the other hand, the number of boards supporting the KX-133 chipset from Via were legion, and it does seem to have some real enthusiasm behind it. No wonder Intel is paranoid about Via.

That's not to say there aren't plenty of i820s and the new i815 SDRAM solution out. There's loads.

Via itself has a horde of youngsters running around the show all wearing DDR 266 t-shirts. We looked in vain for a similar set of youths sporting a Rambus equivalent. ®

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