Rambus Forges Ahead with Next-Generation Memory

Showing no signs of slowing its development pace for next generation memory technology, officials for Rambus were on hand here at Comdex to preview the company's latest advance, QRSL (Quad Rambus Signaling Level) memory.

With availability expected sometime next year, QRSL offers memory throughput of 1600Mbps -- twice the bandwidth of the Rambus Signaling Level (RSL) technology found in most RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory) that is used in PCs today, said Brian Smith, the business development manger for Mountain View, Calif.-based Rambus.

Rather than introduce QRSL directly into the PC market, Smith said the new technology will first appear in systems with smaller configurations, for example, networking processors and consumer products like Sony's PlayStation, which already uses Rambus memory.

Ultimately, QRSL will give Rambus an edge in the mobile PC market, as it consumes less power than SDRAM (synchronous DRAM) or DDR (Double Density Rate) memory, Smith said.

Rambus has experienced a less than calm relationship with Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel since the chip maker made its decision to support Rambus as the preferred memory technology for Pentium III processors. Despite this, Intel officials recently renewed support for Rambus, with plans to make the company's Pentium IV processors Rambus optimized as well.

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