TI Targets XDR Memory Systems with New Clock Generators

2/25/2004 - Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), a leading provider of chip-to-chip interface products and services, and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced they have entered into a licensing agreement allowing Texas Instruments to manufacture clock generators for use in systems using Rambus’s XDRTM memory interface. The TI XDR Clock Generator (XCG) is a low-jitter clock generator chip providing a clocking solution for a broad range of high performance applications demanding high bandwidth memory, including consumer, networking, and PC computing systems.

“Higher memory bandwidth requirements are creating demand for higher clock speeds in today’s advanced applications,” said Mike Bartlett, TI vice president of high speed communications and controls. “By developing the XCG, we will be able to provide our customers with a viable, proven solution that meets the needs of various next generation applications. The development of the XCG will expand on the roadmap of Rambus clock generators from TI. TI was the first supplier to be qualified by Rambus for the 533MHz RDRAM Clock Generator.”

“Our XDR memory interface continues to gain momentum and support from industry leaders,” said Laura Stark, vice president of the Memory Interface Division at Rambus. “As an active developer of XCG, Texas Instruments can become a dependable, high volume source for XCGs in the market.”

The XDR memory interface provides a quantum leap in performance in memory signaling while lowering system cost through pin-count reduction and support for low-cost, high-volume PCBs and packages. XDR DRAMs, based on Rambus’s XDR memory interface technology, are eight times faster than today’s best-in-class PC memory and are expected to achieve data rates of 3.2 to 6.4 GHz and beyond, offering system bandwidths up to 100GBytes/s over a 128-bit memory data bus.

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