TOKYO--Japan's Toshiba Corp. late today announced it has licensed Rambus Inc.'s new memory-signaling technology for use in its next-generation DRAM products.
Under the terms, Toshiba has licensed Rambus' so-called Yellowstone architecture. Tokyo-based Toshiba is also said to be the first company to license the technology.
Introduced last summer, Yellowstone offers an improvement in memory signaling performance while lowering system cost through pin-count reduction and the elimination of external termination resistors.
The architecture also enables customized memory solutions to satisfy various market needs including video game consoles, networking, and PC graphics , according to Los Altos, Calif.-based Rambus (see July 8 story ).
"The Rambus Yellowstone interface technology is a key component for us to incorporate into our advanced DRAM design," said Takeshi Nakagawa, corporate senior vice president of Toshiba and president and CEO of its semiconductor unit, in a statement.
"Rambus has developed breakthrough interface technologies that are extremely valuable to the consumer marketplace. As the first licensee of this state-of-the-art technology, Toshiba can ensure its leading position in the industry with time-to-market introduction of high-performance memory," he said.