Intel slams Rambus ‘toll collecting’ tactics

Failed bet, says Barrett

Intel CEO Craig Barrett says that his company made a mistake getting into bed with Rambus.

In an interview published in The Financial Times, Barrett admitted: "We made a big bet on Rambus and it did not work out." He said that it had been a mistake to rely on another company for technology that "gates your performance".

In the interview he also slams Rambus's policy of suing its competitors. "We hoped we were partners with a company that would concentrate on technology rather than seeking to collect a toll from other companies."

However unhappy Intel may be with the situation it finds itself in, it is not one it can back out of easily. Chipzilla is contractually obliged to support Rambus with the P4 processor, due on the market (some would say over due) next month. ®

You can find the full story in The Financial Times.