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Platform Conference: 1200 MHz RDRAM

Platform Conference: 1200 MHz RDRAM

In San Jose at the Platform Conference, Rambus presented RDRAM with 1200 MHz clock frequency for the first time. It was an overclocked system, as today's computers do not yet provide the necessary FSB of 600 MHz.

With a dual-channel chipset and use of two memory modules, the PC1200 RDRAM should have a bandwidth of up to to reach 4.8 GB/s, PC800 (400 MHz) RDRAM reaches 3.2 GB/s, PC2700 (166 MHz) DDR-RAM 2.7 GB/s. Before the PC1200 RDRAM is introduced in 2003, however, there will be a transition this year to PC1066 with 533 MHz FSB for the Pentium 4 with a bandwidth of 4.2 GB/s. The PC1200 blocks shown are supposed to come from the normal PC800 production process, but can cope with the higher clock speed without any problems. The manufacturer is probably Samsung, which yesterday announced the availability of samples from the PC1066 and PC1200 chips.