Intel is contemplating delaying the move to the Rambus memory standard after large semiconductor and computing companies asked for more time to move from Synchronous Dram.
According to US reports, Intel said that it wants to make the transition as smooth as it can for its customers. Nevertheless, Intel insists that the Rambus Direct specification will mean higher performance in the future.
Rambus, which floated last May, has some equity investment from Intel and has designed a system which allows for the fast transfer of data to and from memory. Last year, Intel said it was likely that the Rambus Direct specification would start to appear in computers from next year.
But memory manufacturers, distributors and computer companies have only just begun to cope with the move from ordinary Dram to EDO (extended data out) memory to synchronous memory. The industry has also been dogged by a shortage of supply of SDram in the recent past.
The changes have all occurred over the last 18 months, during a period which has seen memory prices fluctuate wildly from very high to very low, which has a had a destabilising effect on the industry.
If Intel has decided to modify its stance on Rambus Direct, it will give manufacturers and the channel the chance to adjust to the new specification over a shorter time frame and will also allow them to make bigger margins on the existing standard.
The US reports added that Intel is in the process of designing a specification dubbed P133L, which will allow motherboard designers to provide both Rambus Direct and SDram as options.
Addison Lee is working on autonomous taxis for commuting and pleasure
IBM and Technical University of Munich team demonstrate how Shor's algorithm, which can't be cracked by conventional computers, can be solved quickly with quantum computing
Hubble Space Telescope finds superflares from young red dwarfs could strip away planetary atmosphere
Younger stars are 100 to 1,000 times more energetic than when they're older
Two of the big four supermarkets will use the system to control sales of restricted products