Friday, May 26, 2006

Catching up on the news, a continuing series

EETimes reports (5/1/06):

Worldwide sales of semiconductors of $59.1 billion in the first quarter of 2006 were 7.3 percent higher than first quarter of 2005 when global sales were $55.1 billion, according to numbers from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.

Michael Kanellos, writing for CNET interviewed Rambus Inc. CEO Harold Hughes (5/1/06). A few Hughes quotes follow:

I've used the expression that people view Rambus memory technology as an unguarded cookie jar.

The DRAM (dynamic random access memory) industry works fairly closely together in their legal representations and there is the theory that we would have to sweep the table across all competitors before we actually get to the point of forcing settlements.

We always have discussions. We meet with Intel as often as we can and discuss our technology going forward and we do the same thing with graphics manufacturers.

Our goal is to get a Rambus part as the main memory in PCs.

I can only tell you that I suspect that in DDR3, amazingly enough, some new Rambus technology will pop up. It won't be new to us but they will have "discovered" it. I haven't seen it; the actual DDR3 spec is not out yet. But I'm willing to bet on it.

I want a business deal, I'm tired of going to court.

Hat tip to Harold Hughes for the fine interview.

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