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Rambus claims 1GHz RIMM breakthrough

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The news carousel has started spinning ever faster with a claim from intellectual property company Rambus that it has succeeded in developing memory that runs faster than one gigahertz.

According to a release, the 1066MHz memory is born out of standard 800MHz RIMMs and will be aimed at giving 2.1Gbps of memory bandwidth.

Production is scheduled for next year, according to the Ramboosters, and it has succeeded in persuading execs from both Samsung and Hyundai as well as Toshiba, Infineon and NEC to say they will produce cells using the faster technology.

According to Rambus, the memory is 133 per cent faster that currently available RIMMs. This 133 figure does keep recurring in the memory business, doesn't it?

In fact, while the headline says it has "133 per cent of the performance available from industry's fastest 800MHz RDRAMs", the body text only claims a 33 per cent increase. Shurely shome mishtake here? No. The maths is right...

Cypress has tested the technology and is sampling 533MHz support chips for Rambus.

While Rambus in its release says the memory is suitable for all sorts of high end devices, the interesting ommission from the list is the PC.

The announcement is no doubt set to put the Rambus share price (ticker: RMBS) on course for a bucking bronco route once again. ®

  • Electic Tech is reporting Mitsubishi, a smaller Dramurai, as saying it may license SDRAM technology from Rambus.

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