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Engineers from Intel Corp. said that Rambus can only blame itself for RDRAM's failure to become the de-facto memory standard and not manufacturers of memory, who refused to ramp up production of RDRAM in the late nineties and the early aughts. In fact, Intel said that the RDRAM technology was flawed and Rambus' engineers were not as competitive as they thought themselves.

Rambus asserts that large manufacturers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) specifically agreed not to ramp up production of proprietary Rambus RDRAM, for which they needed to pay royalties, in order to make competing open-standard SDR and DDR SDRAM de-facto industrial standards for computer memory. In fact, Intel seriously helped Rambus to promote the RDRAM type among manufacturers, but eventually decided to stick to SDR and DDR. Although Rambus accuses Hynix Semiconductor and Micron Technology of its failures, Intel now claims that RDRAM itself was not competitive.

Paul Fahey, an Intel engineer called to testify in defense of Hynix Semiconductor and Micron Technology at an antitrust trial in state court in San Francisco, told jurors that Rambus’s technology was flawed and its engineers less competent than their peers, reports Bloomberg news-agency. Intel did experienced issues with RDRAM, which lead to product delays and lower than expected performance.

Rambus’s insistence on a so-called guillotine contract also led Intel to conclude its alliance with the company was “doomed,” William Swope, a former Intel strategic planning manager, testified.

The testimony from Mr. Fahey, Mr. Swope and at least three other current and former Intel employees may undermine Rambus’s claim that Hynix and Micron colluded to drive its RDRAM out of the market. Rambus believes it would have earned nearly $3.95 billion should RDRAM become the standard PC memory type.

"Hynix and Micron are doing a great job of using Intel to make their case by showing that the relationship between Rambus and Intel was rocky at best. And they’ve showed that Intel may have been willing to move away from Rambus even had the manufacturers not conspired,” said Michael Cohen, the chief executive officer of MDC Financial Research.

Tags: Rambus, Intel, RDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DRAM

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Proprietary and license fees. Add to those defective implementation and there was no need for collusion to destroy their supposed market. Remembering when RDRAM was a new tech I expected it to fail then for the first two reasons. Suing over it now sure won't erase the fact it was doomed from the start.
0 0 [Posted by: Hawkeye666  | Date: 08/30/11 12:04:42 PM]
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Hilarious...

Less so is the fact that the courtroom crusaders Rambus is yet again trying to get the profit in court that they´re unable to get by inventiveness and work.

Rambus really NEEDS to get dragged into an alley and shot... to use a certain cartoon characters description of things he hates.
0 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 08/30/11 01:06:18 PM]
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Intel failed on it's engineering task as well

what happen to itanium? It looks like intel is joining amd camp on 86-64 market and going to move those itanium engineers over to the xeon camp. isn't that one of those HP oracle billion dollars issues that was on the news recently?
0 0 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 08/31/11 07:53:51 AM]
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When RDRAM failed Rambus just became another patent troll.
0 0 [Posted by: bbo320  | Date: 08/31/11 11:55:11 AM]
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