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Cheaper, faster Rambus on the way

All thanks to those clever folks at Samsung

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Samsung has begun mass production of 0.17 micron Rambus DRAMs. The company says the new technology is being used to produce RDRAMs with densities of 128, 144, and 288Mb.

The new process not only shrinks the die size thereby reducing manufacturing costs but will also improve speeds by more than 30 per cent, says the company. This could mean 1GHz RDRAM in the not too distant future.

The company says that Rambus now accounts for more than 20 per cent of its DRAM output and that it expects to ship over half the world's Rambus DRAMs this year, estimating that its RDRAM revenues will reach $900 million in 2000.

The company also claims that worldwide sales of Rambus DRAMs will grow 132 per cent annually from $1.7 billion in 2000 to around $9.2 billion by 2002. The total DRAM market is expected to reach $31 billion in 2000 and grow to $43 billion by 2002, according to a new forecast released by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). ®

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