Mountain View, CA — Rambus Inc., a leading provider of high bandwidth chip connection technology, and its industry-leading partners, announced support for the first DRAM capable of transferring data at speeds greater than 1GHz. Rambus’ 1066MHz RDRAM provides a 33% increase in performance using current RDRAM technology, the highest performance DRAM to date. The 1066MHz RDRAM is a simple bin split of the industry standard 800MHz RDRAM device currently available from leading RDRAM manufacturers. The 1066MHz RDRAM is initially targeted for consumer, graphics and communications applications, providing 2.1 GB/s of bandwidth from a single device on a Rambus Channel.
Ideal for leading-edge applications, 1066MHz RDRAMs deliver the highest performance from the fewest number of DRAM devices. Consumer, graphics, and communications applications such OC-192 line cards, video consoles, HDTVs, set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and sealed box Information appliances, will benefit from RDRAM’s increased performance, bandwidth and scalability using one to four devices mounted directly on the motherboard.
Supporting customer production needs in 2001 are DRAM partners Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Hyundai Electronics, Toshiba Corp., NEC Electronics Inc. and Infineon Technologies; clock-chip partners Cypress Semiconductor Corp., Integrated Circuit Systems, Inc (ICS)., International Microcircuits Inc, (IMI).; and test equipment partner Advantest Corporation.
“Samsung has been first to market with leading edge RDRAMs. We are proud to continue this tradition with the announcement of manufacturing and marketing support for the world’s highest bandwidth DRAM – the 1066MHz RDRAM,” stated Dr. Ilung Kim, Ph.D., executive director DRAM Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Inc.
“With the introduction the 1066MHz RDRAMs, Hyundai furthers its leadership position in enabling the strategic programs of key communications and networking customers,” said Farhad Tabrizi, VP Strategic Marketing, Hyundai Electronics. “Hyundai remains committed to supplying RDRAMs to meet the increasing demand from networking customers.”
“We have worked with Rambus on the complete family of Direct Rambus clock generators which support the consumer and PC markets and are now starting to experience significant success in the communications market,” said Ian Chen, marketing director for Cypress’s Timing Technology Division. “We are now sampling 533MHz DRCGs which provide full support for 1066MHz RDRAM-based systems.”
“Advantest is now shipping our 1066MHz production test cell, which includes the 64 site T5592 production tester and M6751A uBGA handler,” said Gary Fleeman, Memory Product Manager of Advantest Corporation. “Not only are we getting excellent test data and repeatability, but this 64-site test cell is greatly reducing the cost of high volume production test for RDRAM devices and RIMM modules.” For more information on 1066MHz RDRAMs, including data sheets and specifications, please visit http://www.rambus.com/developer/quickfind_documents.html .