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Linux.com: Getting Hitched - Intel & Rambus

Oct 24, 2000, 16:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"For months, the Intel-Rambus relationship has been a hot topic in the computer arena. Rambus' serial-bus memory technology began promisingly, but hasn't been a strong performer. High production costs and a lack of acceptance by the industry made many question Intel's judgment in agreeing to this partnership. "

"Rambus has been in the news recently, but in a negative light. Several memory and chipset manufacturers have been sued by Rambus... But the heaviest blow fell last week when Intel criticized their "technology partner." Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel, slammed Rambus in a magazine interview. Barrett blamed Rambus for Intel's recent performance issues, and criticized their habit of suing competitors to collect revenue."

"These comments make one wonder if the Intel-Rambus marriage is headed for divorce court, or if it will turn into a steel-caged death-match. Whatever the case, we can all learn a lesson from the Intel-Rambus partnership. Intel has suffered in the short-run, and perhaps in the long run, because it is tied to a proprietary memory architecture. Instead of embracing industry-accepted standards like DDR, Intel is backed into a corner by a closed standard. VIA, AMD and other companies can cash in on their DDR & SDRAM solutions (assuming Rambus doesn't sue them into an alternate universe) while Intel tries to regroup."

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