HP Corporation, one of the world’s largest supplier of workstation solutions, has cut almost all its workstations based on i850-series of chipsets and Rambus memory. The company’s lineup now includes machines powered by i845-series, E7205 and E7505 core-logic products. The last and final stop for RDRAM is i860-based Compaq Evo W8000 that costs significantly more than competing solutions with DDR SDRAM memory inside.
Sources indicated that Compaq Evo W8000 is no longer manufactured by HP, so, once it is out of stock, it will be out of stock forever. Keeping in mind that this workstation costs from $2186,while the lowest price on E7505 powered HP xw6000 starts at $1283, no one will really be upset or disappointed with the older one gone.
Memory market share of RDRAM memory was 3.39% in November (see this news-story). With HP as well as other large companies dropping RDRAM, Rambus’ memory share will tumble to even lower level this year. Remember that there are numerous high-end PCs now shipped with RDRAM inside, however, when Intel launches its i875P and i865-series chipsets in April and May, RDRAM will totally fall into oblivion, as all high-end desktops and workstations will come based on those two chipsets. Needless to say that SiS will hardly be able to popularize RDRAM with its R659 because even Intel failed to do it with its series of core-logic devices earlier.