Toshiba Corp. today said it will cease selling Direct Rambus DRAMs in the PC market as part of its strategic shift in its memory chip strategy. The Japanese chip maker announced today it was exiting the commodity DRAM business and selling its Virginia wafer fab to Micron Technology Inc. as part of that change in strategy (see today's story).
Although the company will still manufacture Rambus memories, it will restrict sales to the Sony Playstation 2 video console, said Takeshi Nakagawa, president of Toshiba Semiconductor.
Rambus Inc., the memory technology-licensing firm in Los Altos, Calif., declined to comment on Toshiba's plans.
A reliable source said Toshiba's shipments of the 1-GHz direct Rambus memory for PCs was going to be no more than 150,000 units a quarter, and there was virtually no production of the 800-MHz chip for PCs.