Another camp heard from
Posted on: 03/06/2000 01:12 PM

GotApex? just sent me a link to their interview with the VP of Marketing over at E.M.S. (Enhanced Memory Systems). It's an interesting read to say the least. If you've been wondering about the future of RAMBUS and/or PC133 SDRam, give this one a look. Here's a little Q&A:
Do you see the industry's recent push to pc-133 as a stepping-stone or do you think pc-133 will maintain a status as an industry standard for the near future?

I think that PC133 memory will be the standard for at least a couple of years and potentially longer. Intel just announced at IDF 2000 that their Timna one chip PC will use SDRAM so SDRAM will continue to be mainstream in low-end PC for several years. There is a lot of discussion about the move to DDR or Rambus DRAM in desktop PC but most of the benchmark results suggest that low latency PC133 provides better performance at lower cost. In addition, its possible to boost clock rate to 150 MHz for even more performance as demonstrated by our overclocked HSDRAM systems.

What do you think the future will hold for Rambus?

The advantage of Rambus is its ability to provide a lot of memory bandwidth in a single chip by operating the bus at very high clock rates over a small number of pins. High bandwidth can also be achieved with wider busses (this is how today’s workstations get their bandwidth). So the primary advantage comes in the smallest, lowest cost systems. High-end systems can afford the wider bus. Rambus only works in low-end systems if the price becomes much cheaper. It not surprising that Intel dropped Rambus from their mainstream PC products and is only supporting it for selected high-end workstation systems.

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