Chipset solution will provide customers with the highest performance computing platform
February 24, 2003 - Industry leaders Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung), ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) and Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS) announce the cooperative development of the next-generation RDRAM-based chipset, the SiSR659, which is targeted at the performance computing and multimedia gaming markets.
"SiS is pleased to partner with Samsung, ASUS and Rambus to develop leading-edge chipsets with RDRAM technology," said Stephen Chen, Senior Vice President at SiS, a leading provider of core logic and graphics chips. "SiS is committed to delivering the highest performance products at great value to our customers."
The R659 chipset represents the second offering from SiS's family of RDRAM products. Incorporating high-speed interface and memory controller technology from Rambus, the R659 chipset drives four channels of 1200MHz RDRAM memory resulting in 9.6GByte/sec of memory bandwidth. This represents a 50% higher performance gain than competing dual-channel DDR chipsets. The chipset also includes architectural enhancements for higher performance through faster response time, as well as up to 16GByte of total memory capacity.
"This joint development effort combines advanced core logic design with superior memory expertise and manufacturing excellence," said Tom Quinn, Vice President of Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., the industry-leading memory technology supplier. "The 4-channel RDRAM architecture will support outstanding system performance with an easy transition path to higher performance computing."
The next generation RDRAM chipset achieves unmatched performance using standard commodity RIMM modules available today and already supported by the industry. This latest RDRAM solution from SiS pairs the SiSR659 with the SiS964 south bridge, which integrates USB 2.0 with up to 8 ports and Serial ATA features.
"Performance is the foundation throughout all of Asus' product offerings," said Jerry Shen, Vice President at ASUS. "The 4-channel RDRAM chipset, combined with our expertise in supplying high-quality, high-performance boards, makes this an exciting solution for use with today's fastest processors."
Sample delivery of the SiSR659 is scheduled for the third quarter of 2003.
Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) is a worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of leading-edge logic products, including core logic, multimedia, connectivity and information appliance. The company was founded in 1987 in the Hsin-chu Science-based Industrial Park in Taiwan and has been listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2363) since August 1997. SiS combines professional chip design with advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies. SiS chipsets support the latest Intel® and AMDTM processors, and the company was first on the market with core logic and graphics chipsets supporting the new AGP 8X standard. For more information, please visit www.sis.com.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. Samsung Electronics is the world's leading producer of advanced semiconductors, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Device Solution Network, Digital Media Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.
The Device Solution Network specializes in semiconductor and TFT LCD display products for industrial, mobile and advanced computing applications, offering a full line of key solutions of DRAMs, SRAMs, Display Driver ICs, Smart Card ICs, TFT LCD panels and Flash memories. The Device Solution Network operates 11 overseas sales subsidiaries and mass production facilities to maximize on hand customer support. For more information, visit our website at http://www.samsungsemi.com
Samsung Semiconductor Inc., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is located in San Jose, Calif. More information can be found at http//www.usa.samsungsemi.com/.
About Rambus Inc.
Rambus is a leading provider of chip-to-chip interface products and services. The company's breakthrough technology and engineering expertise have helped leading chip and system companies to solve their challenging interface problems and bring industry-leading products to market. Rambus' interface solutions can be found in hundreds of computing, consumer electronic and networking products. Additional information is available at www.rambus.com.
Established in 1989, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE:2357) is the worlds leading manufacturer of high quality motherboards, notebooks, VGA cards, servers, broadband modems, and optical storage devices. With annual sales of over US$2 Billion and world-class engineering, ASUS provides innovative technology solutions to consumer, corporate and top-tier OEM customers. Company achievements include consecutive rankings in the "Top 100 InfoTech Companies" in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 by Business week as well as being named the No.1 Taiwan Company in Global Views Monthly's "Info Tech 2000".