Brief: Rambus DRAM Breaks 1GHz Barrier

Rambus has announced a design breakthrough that allows DRAM chips to transfer data at speeds higher than 1GHz. Rambus said the chip will be marketed for "leading-edge applications," such as communications and graphics systems, along with consumer products such as video game consoles.

The chip also is designed to increase speed for high-end processors such as the upcoming Pentium 4, formerly dubbed the Willamette chip.

The 1,066MHz Rambus DRAM, or RDRAM, can move memory to a processor chip a third faster than the 800MHz chip Rambus unveiled in June. The chip can transfer data twice per processor clock cycle, setting maximum throughput at 2.1GHz. No ship dates or pricing were give.

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