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Rambus announces the first 6.4-Gbit/s backplane serial link cell, offering twice the speed of existing serial link cells
June 26, 2002
LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), the world's leading developer of chip-to-chip interface technology, today announced the availability of the highest-speed RaSer (TM) V Serial Link cell, operating at 6.4 gigabits per second (Gbps). The RaSer V is the first cell on the market to operate at this speed and offers a proven, full-featured and easy-to-integrate solution. This solution addresses the toughest interconnect problems associated with the backplane, enabling networking, server and storage system manufacturers to double their system switching capacity while maintaining the same number of traces on the backplane. "We expect the backplane market to increase substantially over the next three years," said Jeremy Donovan, vice president and chief analyst at Gartner Dataquest. "Factors that are driving the enterprise switch market include increasing bandwidth demands, introduction of new storage and server blades and traction of Gigabit Ethernet technology in the desktop market." Networking customers are already integrating previous generation 1.0 - 3.2 Gbps RaSer cells into their product designs, taking advantage of the extremely low power and area consumption. Rambus developed a completely new serial link architecture using standard bi-level signaling to meet customer demand for 6.4 Gbps cells that can be integrated on low cost, CMOS processes. The new RaSer V 6.4 Gbps cell delivers a complete feature set, ideally suited for the harsh backplane environment and includes:
Wide serial data rate range: 2.5 Gbps to 6.4 Gbps
Backward compatible to 3.2 Gbps:
Easy integration in ASICs and ASSPs
Multi-tap transmit and receive equalization
Calibrated termination resistors
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