A new group of companies being formed to compete with Rambus RDRAM devices

A new group of companies being formed to compete with Rambus RDRAM devices
Tom Foremski
A new group of companies is being formed to push ahead with a double data rate -2 (DDR-2) SDRAM memory chip architecture which will compete with Rambus RDRAM devices.
According to US sources, the group called Advanced Memory International will consist of memory chip makers and other companies. It will develop specifications for chip sets, motherboards and other related technologies that will make possible the use of DDR-2 memory chips.
Support for DDR-2 is growing because many companies resent having to pay a license fee to Rambus and would prefer a fast memory chip architecture that is based on an open standard. DDR-2 chips will be able to support data rates as high as 4.8 gigabits per second.
Intel, which helps set key PC specifications, is still a strong supporter from RDRAM devices. But some chip companies have reported difficulties in making 800MHz RDRAM chips.


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