Rambus exec plays down Intel DDR chipset

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Rambus exec plays down Intel DDR chipset

Taiwan’s all-important PC motherboard industry has endorsed double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM at the Platform Conference this week. Each of the major Taiwanese boardmakers attending the conference, including A-Open, Asustek, Gigabyte and Micro Star, showed economical, DDR SDRAM-enabled products for both OEMs and retailers. The new boards support DDR SDRAM main memory subsystems from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. The show underscores the Taiwanese board industry’s decision to invest in both DDR SDRAM and Direct Rambus (RDRAM), though some believe that DDR is the winning trend.

Asustek Computer Inc. premiered the CUV266 supporting Intel’s Pentium III processors using both SDRAM and DDR SDRAM. Via Technologies Inc. showed the CUV266 chipset, based on the VT8633, that supports up to 2-gigabytes of PC133-enabled SDRAM or 3-gigabytes of DDR SDRAM. Gigabyte showed the GA-6RX, based on Via’s Pro266 chipset supporting up to 4-gigabytes of 200/266-MHz DDR SDRAM as well as AGP, AMR, and Universal Serial Bus (USB).

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