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SiS climbs into Rambus bed

All licensed and above board

It appears almost impossible to keep a secret if you are an IT company operating in Taiwan - great for hacks and stock rampers - but sometimes crap, if you are the company concerned.

In today's example, the *news* is that Silicon Integrated Systems, known to all and sundry as SiS, has licensed Direct RDRAM memory technology from Rambus.

The PR value of the announcement is undermined somewhat by its leak into the market late last month.

And it is unclear exactly what the pair are announcing: the move that could see the Taiwanese firm make RDRAM-enabled chipsets for the Pentium 4. But the press release does not specifically say that SiS is to make RDRAM chipsets for the P4, merely that it can integrate Rambus IP into future products.

Still it's good news for Rambus, which has been short of good news for a wee while. And it will be good news for mobo makers and system builders - if SiS turns its license into kit - to have a second supplier of RDRAM chipsets, alongside Intel, on board. More choice will mean lower prices. ®

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