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DRAM Industry Unites in AMI2 to Accelerate New Technology Adoption.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 1999--

Companies Flock to Organization's Support, Goal is

Collectively Accelerating Development of Complete DRAM


Advanced Memory International Inc.(AMI2) has been created by 20 semiconductor memory and associated technology suppliers to provide industry leadership direction and confidence for users of new dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) technologies.

The need for an organizational focus was unanimously agreed on at a meeting in San Jose, CA on April 9. AMI2 is comprised of all major DRAM suppliers and many DRAM infrastructure providers. The companies have agreed to work cooperatively in accelerating the time-to-market for new memory technologies.

AMI2 will focus on bringing new DRAM systems to market in conjunction with JEDEC Solid-State Technology Association standard-setting. The close relationship between AMI2 and JEDEC assures continuity from standards-setting through technology implementation and infrastructure development.

"AMI2 will have a symbiotic relationship and work closely with the memory standards-setting efforts of JEDEC (a sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance, {EIA})," said Desi Rhoden, newly appointed AMI2 president/CEO, current JEDEC board chair and JEDEC RAM committee chairman. "Industry response has been phenomenal given only the limited communication to date. Companies are beating the doors down to get involved with the organization. We're filling an industry void that has always existed and has occasionally been filled by OEMs when it was in their best interests."

Other company officers include Gil Russell, technical marketing manager at Infineon Technologies, Cupertino, CA (formerly Siemens Semiconductor) as AMI2 vice president and Joseph Kostmayer as secretary and CFO. The company is opening offices in Santa Clara County in May. The company Web site, is under construction.

The company's current efforts include finalizing PC133 introduction and accelerating Double Data-Rate SDRAM adoption, which most memory suppliers are shipping or sampling.

"DDR is the new technology, so we're focusing on completing its infrastructure," Rhoden added. "AMI2 is also actively involved in developing the JEDEC specification for future DDR enhancements that will take us to the 4GB/sec. range in system performance. We are bringing system OEMs and the memory supplier communities together and creating the glue that helps both sides move as one. The industry is hungry for someone to coordinate the way to faster, better, cheaper memory solutions and with JEDEC, we will lead the way."

Company Focus

AMI2's role is coordinating and accelerating market adoption of new JEDEC-standard memory technology and facilitating the development of support devices such as , memory modules, connectors, controller chipsets, clock drivers, voltage regulators, buffers, manufacturing and test equipment.

AMI2 was created out of the collective efforts of memory suppliers working together in support of a series of DDR forums. The success of these forums convinced participating companies to extend and formalize their cooperation. To speed its formation, AMI2 took over the legal framework originally established for SLDRAM, Inc., which had completed its work.

About Advanced Memory International

Advanced Memory International, Inc. is an open, non-profit corporation with the objectives of cooperatively accelerating market adoption of open, cost-effective and complete DRAM technologies. AMI2's supporters include: DRAM industry leaders Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hyundai, IBM Microelectronics, Infineon (formerly Siemens), LG Semicon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosaid , NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, Vanguard and associated memory technology companies.
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