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Rambus loses 'RDRAM' case, stock drops

Micron wins an important case against Rambus, which had alleged that companies conspired to lock it out of the memory chip market.

By November 16, 2011


Rambus files antitrust suit

The chip designer's latest legal move asserts that Siemens and Micron Technology colluded to limit consumer choice and compete unfairly in the RDRAM market.

By May 5, 2004


Chipmaker SiS extends its Rambus ties

Silicon Integrated Systems may be close to launching a new chipset for Pentium 4 PCs using Rambus memory. But after about a year on the market, RDRAM is still not well loved.

By November 12, 2001


Memory chips on the march

Samsung beefs up its RDRAM offering, and Intel shows off a flashier flash memory chip as part of its wireless push, as well as systems for cars.

By September 27, 2001


Samsung readies faster, cheaper memory

The RDRAM chip's increases in speed and density are likely to mean additional system performance for high-end desktops using Intel's Pentium 4 processor.

By September 27, 2001


New Pentium 4 systems jilt Rambus

The Intel processor is moving toward wide circulation with new computers that for the first time wed it with standard memory, rather than RDRAM.

By September 7, 2001


Short Take: Infineon announces 144mb RDRAM

Infineon Technologies announced today the first functional version of its 144 megabit Rambus DRAM chip. High-volume production will start in the third quarter of 1999. Infineon also shipped 64MB RIMM module samples to Intel and other major customers.

July 13, 1999


Intel drops Rambus subsidies

The chipmaker has begun efforts to phase out subsidies for PC makers using RDRAM, high-speed memory based on designs by struggling chip company Rambus.

By July 25, 2001


Samsung says Rambus sales to quadruple

Korean memory maker Samsung said its sales of RDRAM, high-speed memory chips based on designs from Rambus, will quadruple in 2001. Meanwhile, the memory industry as a whole will produce 250 to 300 million RDRAM chips this year and 600 million in 2002, due to increased sales of Intel's Pentium 4 processor, Samsung said in a statement. The ultimate success of Rambus memory, and a rival technology called DDR DRAM, is a controversial hot spot in the semiconductor industry. Samsung is one of the biggest Rambus proponents in the memory industry. Intel recently invested an undisclosed amount in Samsung to increase its Rambus facilities.

By March 19, 2001


Short Take: Samsung passes memory test

Samsung became the first company to successfully pass Intel's validation test for memory chips based around the Rambus architecture (RDRAM). The test means that Samsung's RDRAM meets the required specifications for the high-speed memory chips. RDRAM is expected to become the next standard for PC memory, but that depends on whether enough chips can be produced in volume.

By April 26, 1999