Tom's Blurb: Why We Don't Trust Rambus - Pointing Out Facts, Turning Rumors Into Reality

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I think it's nowadays pretty obvious to all of our readers that we at Tom's Hardware have got a very strong aversion to Rambus Inc. and RDRAM. Some of you might wonder why we feel so passionate against this company and why we want to see this company and their memory type disappear as soon as possible.

You Already Know The Technical Issues

We have pointed out the technical issues why RDRAM is not living up to the claims spread by Rambus Inc. and Intel and I am sure that most of you appreciate and understand those issues. However, there is more behind my disliking of Rambus and I guess it's only fair if I let you know why that is.

Instead of going into issues why I feel that Rambus Inc. is trying its hardest to convince the public with cheesy data of a superiority of their memory type RDRAM that is simply not existent right now, and instead of pointing out once more that I am truly disgusted by the ridiculous marketing strategy of Rambus, I would like to inform all of you what is really behind the relationship between Rambus and Intel, the memory making industry and possibly even some press people.

One Hand Washes The Other Or "Gimme The Cash!"

Yesterday I received an email from my reader Gary, which consisted of an article out of Forbes ASAP magazine , issue May 29, 2000, page 38. The article summarizes the backdoor deals that Rambus is using to push RDRAM into the market, or up the computer users rear end. The basic information in the article is not brand new, but I really liked the fact that we all get reminded of what's really behind the strategy of Rambus Inc.

When Intel 'decided' to go for Rambus technology some three years ago, it wasn't out of pure believe into technology and certainly not just 'for the good of its customers', but simply because they got an offer they couldn't refuse. Back then Rambus authorized a contingency warrant for 1 million shares of its stock to Intel, exercisable at only $10 a share, in case Chipzilla ships at least 20% of its chipsets with RDRAM-support in back-to-back quarters. As of today Intel could make some nifty 158 million Dollars once it fulfills the goal.

This stands in direct opposition to recent claims saying Intel had just 'licensed' Rambus technology just as much as AMD has, which was supposed to prove that Intel and Rambus aren't the bad boys at all. Well, as far as I know, AMD is not making some 160 million bucks if it endorses RDRAM and I can tell you that there IS a difference between receiving 160 million dollars and NOT receiving this sweet little amount of money. Don't you agree?

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