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.