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Kingston Technology, one of Rambus' major partners in the market for PC memory, has confirmed what we all know, or rather suspected: that RIMMs are still highly overpriced, selling for two and a half times the price of SDRAM.

SDRAM prices have plummeted over the last two weeks, Kingston said.

A source at Kingston's HQ in Irvine told The Register today that while it still believed the technology was technically superior to anything else on offer, the price of the RIMMs was still far too high for most distributors and dealers to swallow.

Yields, however, are vastly improved since January of this year, when Kingston criticised Rambus' high specs.

Luckily, the Kingston source said, the memory company has not bet the ranch on Rambus memory for the PC and will manufacture double data rate (DDR) memory or anything else that manufacturers care to stuff inside PCs.

Nor, he added, will sales of the Pentium 4 remedy the situation, at least in the short term. Sales of that microprocessor are, so far, not buoyant.

Intel will refuse to comment on sales of any given microprocessor, so there's little point us calling them just to get the 'no comment'. ®

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