Asustek withdraws Rambus support

Rambus Inc.’s last-ditch effort to maintain a presence in the high-performance computing arena seems to have fizzled now that Taiwan’s largest motherboard maker, Asustek Computer Inc., has quietly withdrawn support for Rambus technology.

Asustek late last year Asustek pledged to release a high-performance motherboard based on four-channel PC1200 Rambus DRAM. It was to be based on a chip set from Silicon Integrated Systems Corp.

Now, SiS appears to have dropped support for Rambus, too. “The better timing was the end of last year, but we missed that window. Now everybody is talking about PCI Express,” said Hank Lee, a chip set project manager at SiS.

Asustek pulled back from the project because the performance of the chip set wasn’t as “exciting as we expected,” said a motherboard project manager, who asked not to be identified.

News source: EE Times


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