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FUJITSU, NEC AND TOSHIBA INCORPORATE RAMBUS TECHNOLOGY ON NEW GENERATION OF DRAMS AND LOGIC DEVICES

 FUJITSU, NEC AND TOSHIBA INCORPORATE RAMBUS TECHNOLOGY
 ON NEW GENERATION OF DRAMS AND LOGIC DEVICES
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Rambus Inc. announced this evening in Silicon Valley and at the same time in Tokyo, a series of long-term strategic licensing and IC implementation agreements with three of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers. Fujitsu Ltd., NEC Corp., and Toshiba Corp. will incorporate the Rambus(TM) technology, an innovative DRAM architecture and high-speed component interface. A single Rambus-based DRAM (RDRAM(TM)) can deliver data at 500 megabytes per second, a greater than tenfold improvement in memory component throughput, to a logic device with the Rambus Interface.
 "We are pleased that these three leading semiconductor manufacturers, with their significant strength in DRAMs and ASICs, have licensed our technology and are in active development with us for these revolutionary memory and logic products," said Geoff Tate, president and CEO of Rambus Inc. "These products from Fujitsu, NEC, and Toshiba will have a dramatic market impact by making a wide range of systems smaller, faster, and cheaper."
 Rambus Inc. has developed a chip-to-chip interface incorporated on a new DRAM architecture and on conventional processing engines or logic devices such as microprocessors, digital signal processors, graphics/video controllers, memory controllers, and RAMDACs. The Rambus technology is a breakthrough in solving the memory bottleneck faced by system designers. Current solutions to the bottleneck are expensive and board space consuming such as SRAM caches of VRAMs. The RDRAM utilizes conventional CMOS, inexpensive plastic packaging and low die overhead. The RDRAM communicates with the Rambus logic devices, using standard CMOS and conventional packages, over a narrow high speed bus, termed the Rambus Channel, which runs on standard PCB materials. The Rambus solution offers cost-effective performance, resulting in smaller systems and provides an upgradeable/scaleable system to the end user.
 As a technology developer, Rambus Inc. entered agreements with Fujitsu, NEC and Toshiba because of their large market presence and breadth of products to rapidly bring this revolutionary technology to the marketplace. Engineers at Rambus Inc. have worked extensively with the technical teams at all their licensees. Rambus provides its licensees with a full range of documentation and engineering support. In exchange for utilizing the Rambus technology, each IC manufacturer pays implementation fees, license fees and royalties to Rambus Inc. System companies buy Rambus compatible ICs from the IC licensees and pay no separate fees or royalties for use of the Rambus compatible devices. The Rambus technology is an open standard which can be accessed by any and all IC companies.
 Fujitsu, the world's largest ASIC manufacturer and one of the leading producers of high density DRAMs, has focused significant attention on the Rambus solution since licensing the technology. "The Rambus approach to solving the memory bottleneck is truly unique from both a technical and business perspective. The Rambus Interface is an open, accessible standard and a major leap in performance. Systems as diverse as personal computers, massively parallel supercomputers, and large communications switches can benefit from incorporating this cost-effective, yet high-performance technology," said Hikotaro Masunaga, board director of Fujitsu Ltd. "In 1992, the first products we will provide are RDRAMs. This technology will be applied to future products including ASICs and processors."
 NEC, the most recent of these three Rambus licensees, is the world's largest vendor of semiconductor products. "The Rambus technology, integrated with NEC's leading IC technology and products, will bring our customers unprecedented performance levels, ultimately benefitting the end user with small, high-performance graphical workstations and PCs," said Hajime Sasaki, senior vice president and board director of NEC Corp. "NEC is now developing 16 megabit generation RDRAMs and a cell in our ASIC library as our initial Rambus product offerings."
 Toshiba, the world's largest supplier of high-density DRAMs and the second largest for total semiconductors, licensed the Rambus technology for a broad base of products. "We embraced the Rambus solution early, identifying it as a very strategic and enabling technology," said Hideharu Egawa, senior vice president and director of the board of Toshiba Corp. "We appreciate our good working relationship with Rambus Inc. and in 1992 plan to deliver the 4.5 megabit RDRAM we have jointly developed as well as offering Rambus Interface ASIC capability to our system and fabless semiconductor customer base. In 1993, we will expand our product offerings to offer 16-megabit generation RDRAMs and other products." Availability and Market Impact
 By the end of the year, 4-megabit generation RDRAMs and Rambus ASIC capability will be available. The 16-megabit generation of the RDRAM will be available in 1993, followed by a variety of other IC products incorporating the Rambus technology. Specific IC product plans, including price and availability will be announced by Rambus licensees individually in the future. Availability of these components will allow system level products to be designed during 1992 and manufactured in 1993.
 Fujitsu Ltd., founded in 1935, is Japan's largest computer company ranking number two worldwide, and is also one of the world's largest manufacturers of telecommunications systems, semiconductors, and other electronic devices. The Fujitsu group of technology companies posted revenues of more than US$21 billion in fiscal year 1990, employing over 145,000 people worldwide.
 NEC Corp. is a $26 billion global leader whose 118,000 employees are dedicated to the development, manufacture and marketing of leading edge computer, communications and semiconductor products.
 Established in 1875, Toshiba Corp., the world's eighth-largest electronics company is an integrated electronics/electric manufacturer covering from information/communication systems to electronic devices, consumer products, heavy electrical apparatus, and other products. At the same time, the company is ranked as the second-largest semiconductor supplier in the world according to Dataquest.
 Rambus Inc. is a technology developer. By working with the leading semiconductor companies, Rambus Inc. will drive its technology to become a pervasive worldwide standard. The Rambus solution can benefit a wide range of applications including PCs, workstations, graphics subsystems, supercomputers, consumer video, color printers, and communications equipment.
 Rambus Inc. is headquartered at 2465 Latham St., Mountain View, Calif. 94040. Phone: 415-903-3800.
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 NOTE: Rambus and RDRAM are trademarks of Rambus Inc.
 /CONTACT: Anne Banta or Dave Mooring of Rambus Inc., 415-903-3800; Charlie Shafton of Fujitsu Microelectronics, 408-922-9825; Nikki Tanis of NEC Electronics Inc., 415-965-6620; Linda Malstrom of Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc., 714-455-2000; or Cynthia Bauld or Greg Kaufman of Miller Communications, 415-962-9550, for Rambus Inc./ CO: Rambus Inc.; Fujitsu; NEC; Toshiba ST: California IN: CPR SU: LIC


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