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RAMBUS DEBUTS RIMM 4200 HIGH-BANDWIDTH PC MEMORY MODULE.

Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), Los Altos, Calif., a provider of high bandwidth chip connection technology, has introduced RIMM(TM) 4200, the world's highest bandwidth-PC memory module. The RIMM 4200 module represents the next milestone in the RDRAM(R) memory roadmap for higher performance computing solutions.

The RIMM 4200 module integrates two RDRAM memory channels to deliver 4.2GB/s of memory bandwidth from a single module. Using standard RDRAM components, RIMM 4200 modules operate with existing RDRAM controllers, and enable single module upgrades of dual channel memory systems. Furthermore, with built-in channel termination, RIMM 4200 modules simplify motherboard design and require less than 5 square inches of system board area. The demonstration system to be shown at Intel Developer Forum uses a low cost four-layer motherboard and modules that fit in standard memory connector footprints using a 232 pin version of the RIMM connector.

The system demonstration of RIMM 4200 modules, featured in Rambus booth number 404 is the result of joint development efforts by Samsung, ASUSTeK, Kingston Technology, Tyco Electronics, and Rambus.

"As a world leading technology solution provider, ASUS is pleased to be the first company to deliver motherboards supporting RIMM 4200 modules," comments Joe Hsieh, Motherboard Division Director of ASUSTeK. "RIMM 4200 modules provide exceptional performance while enabling the use of smaller form factors at lower costs. The ASUS P4T533 with RIMM 4200 support will be shipping in quantities in Q2 2002."

"The RIMM 4200 uses the 1066 MHz speed bin of current production RDRAM to deliver the highest performance available to date from a single PC memory module," said Tom Quinn, vice president of Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "A single module that supports two channels of RDRAM with 4.2GB/sec of bandwidth makes RDRAM even more attractive from a price-performance standpoint."

"Kingston has already built a number of prototype RIMM 4200 modules and achieved high passing yields in motherboards," stated JK Tsai, Director of Technology, Kingston Technology. "Kingston will be ready to ramp its volume production of RIMM 4200 modules to support OEM, System Builder, Channel and other customers when new motherboards and systems ship."

"The 232 pin connector used for the RIMM 4200 modules is electrically the same as the standard RIMM connector," said Okamoto Minoru, vice president of Tyco Electronics. "Our existing RIMM connector has spare pin positions. A minor modification to the casing and addition of pins are all it takes to support RIMM 4200 connectors."

In addition to the system demonstration of RIMM 4200 modules, Rambus will be demonstrating 1200MHz RDRAM operation in a PC and will also be presenting a session titled "System and Motherboard Design for High Bandwidth Memory Subsystems" at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, California.

About Rambus Inc.

Rambus Inc. designs, develops and licenses high bandwidth chip-connection technology and provides the comprehensive engineering support necessary for a complete system solution. Rambus' technology and intellectual property are licensed to leading semiconductor suppliers including DRAM, controller and microprocessor manufacturers, ASIC developers, and foundries for use in computer, consumer and networking systems such as personal computers, workstations, servers, game consoles, set top boxes, digital HDTVs, high-speed switches and routers.

For more information on RDRAM memory solutions, visit http://www.rdram.com or 650/947-5319.
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