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TSMC Foundry Services Available for Rambus-Based Controller Chips
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2000--Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS - news) today announced that its Direct Rambus ASIC Cell (RAC) chip connection interface technology is now available in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 0.25-micron process technology.
This new Direct RAC core implementation provides TSMC customers with a high-speed on-chip interface that is fully compatible with Direct Rambus memories and other products using this interface technology.
``Pre-verified cores are a key requirement for designers of high-performance SOC solutions,'' said Roger Fisher, senior director of corporate marketing for TSMC North America. ``This interface technology from Rambus meets a growing need expressed by TSMC's customers. Interest in this technology will continue to increase as Rambus moves the RAC to TSMC's 0.18-micron process.''
``The addition of TSMC's high-quality, volume-production foundry capabilities significantly expands the manufacturing options for designers of Rambus-based systems,'' said Avo Kanadjian, vice president of worldwide marketing at Rambus, Inc. ``Additionally, both Rambus and TSMC are working to port this innovative chip connection technology to TSMC's 0.18-micron process.''
With its 800 megabits-per-pin data rate, the Direct RAC is the highest bandwidth industry standard interface available for chip-to-chip interconnect.
In addition, the Direct RAC can be used to interface to Direct RDRAMs, which deliver unprecedented performance at 1.6 Gigabytes per second from a single device. End product applications include main memory chip sets, graphics controllers, multimedia controllers, peripheral controllers and network switch controllers.
Rambus Inc. develops and licenses high bandwidth chip connection technologies to enhance the performance of computers, consumer electronics and communications products.
Current Rambus-based computers supported by Intel chipsets include Dell, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM PCs and workstations. Sony has announced that its next generation PlayStation2 video game system uses Rambus memory. Providers of Rambus-based integrated circuits include the world's leading DRAM, ASIC and PC controller manufacturers. Currently, eight of the world's top-10 semiconductor companies license Rambus technology.
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The following is a list of parts suppliers.
An asterisk(*) ahead of the company name means they are believed to be suppliers, based on interviews with industry specialists, but declined to confirm or deny if they are supplying parts for PlayStation2.
CPUs Sony/Toshiba Corp
DVD optical pickups Sony
Graphic chips Sony
Flash memory Fujitsu
Motors for controling units Mabuchi Motor
Printed circuit boards Kyosha *CMK
Motors for cooling fans *Nidec
Hand-held controllers *Alps Electric (Alps is one of the suppliers of controllers for the original model.)
Rambus Inc (NasdaqNM:RMBS - news), a U.S. maker of computer memory technology. Toshiba's DRAMs for PS2 are based on Rambus' technology, and some fees are set to be paid to Rambus.
Union Tool , a leading maker of printed circuit board drills. Typically, one PCB drill is needed to manufacture one sheet of circuit board for PlayStation2, a Union Tool spokesman said.