LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Rambus Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today launched a new RDRAM-based memory-module line, said to reduce board space and systems cost by about 50%.
Rambus also announced a deal with Asustek Computer Inc., one of Taiwan's largest PC motherboards. Under the terms, Asustek will manufacturer motherboards, equipped with Rambus' new memory-module architecture.
The new memory-module, dubbed the RIMM 4200, is a two-channel board that supports Rambus' 1,066-MHz RDRAM chips The RIMM4200 also supports ATX or Micro ATX motherboards, for a total system bandwidth of 4.2-gigabytes-per-second.
When paired with Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 microprocessor and 850 chip set, the memory-module enables PCs to run faster than competitive systems, based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon processors, according to officials from Los Altos-based Rambus.
The new module is geared for the high-performance PC market, said Steve Tobak, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Rambus in an interview with SBN last week.
The RIMM 4200 is also aimed to cut board space and systems cost by "one half," added Melissa Frank, product manager at Rambus. In the past, a Rambus-based module required a two-pair board design. Now, the RIMM4200 consists of only a single-pair board, thereby cutting costs for OEMs, Frank said.
In comparison, a module based on double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM that runs at 4.2-Gbytes/sec requires a two-pair board design, according to Rambus. "This module offers DDR-II performance today," Tobak said, referring to the next-generation DDR SDRAM architecture, dubbed DDR-II.
Meanwhile, Samsung Semiconductor said it has begun sampling the RIMM 4200 for use in high-performance PCs and workstations, said Tom Quinn, vice president of marketing of the San Jose-based company. Samsung remains committed to RDRAM as a leading, long-term technology and plans to maintain its leading market share in the arena, Quinn said.
The RIMM 4200 is now available from Samsung. PC motherboards based on the technology are available from Asustek.