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Rambus Collaborates with Intel on R+ DDR4 Server Memory

rb26After a long absence, Rambus is back in the news with their announcement of the RB26 DDR4 server memory chipset. Developed in cooperation with Intel, the RB26 is an enhanced, JEDEC-compliant memory module chipset designed to accelerate data-intensive applications, including real-time analytics, virtualization and in-memory computing, with increased speed, reliability and power-efficiency.

At Rambus, we have a rich history of innovation and expertise in high-speed memory interface design – the introduction of this chipset is a natural progression that enables us to deliver maximum value to the industry,” said Dr. Ron Black, president and chief executive officer at Rambus. “Expanding our offer beyond IP into chips with standards-based offerings that feature leading-edge performance and advanced functionality amplifies our growth strategy and furthers our engagement with the market.”

According to IDC, the average DRAM capacity per server is projected to more than double in the next three years with penetration of DDR4 in the server market reaching 100 percent by 2019.

Data centers and enterprise markets are under increased pressure to implement enhanced memory architectures that meet the capacity and bandwidth requirements to handle large amounts of complex data,” said Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights & Strategy. “Rambus’ deep expertise in advanced memory designs makes them the newcomer to watch in the server memory chipset market.”

The RB26 DDR4 RDIMM and LRDIMM chipset includes a DDR4 Register Clock Driver (RCD) and Data Buffer (DB) that feature:

  • JEDEC DDR4 Compliance: fully-compliant with the latest JEDEC DDR4 RCD and DB specifications at 2666 Mbps with built-in support for future data rates;
  • Industry-leading Performance and Margin: advanced I/O programmability and power management techniques allow for broad compatibility and increased efficiency in critical server infrastructures; and
  • Advanced Debug and Serviceability: integrated tools and added device flexibility provide a robust system while delivering ease-of-integration and enhanced testability for server OEMs.

Rambus will demonstrate its server DIMM chipset this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

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