Micron wins an important case against Rambus, which had alleged that companies conspired to lock it out of the memory chip market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Intel processor is moving toward wide circulation with new computers that for the first time wed it with standard memory, rather than 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.
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.
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.
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.