Sony, Toshiba to use next-gen Rambus interfaces

Two advanced interface technologies from Rambus will appear in future products from Sony Corp., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and Toshiba Corp., the companies announced Monday.

Rambus has developed two technologies for memory and system bus interfaces. The memory interface, known as "Yellowstone," allows data rates of up to 3.2GHz, which is much faster than conventional DDR (dual data rate) memory technology, according to Rambus. Rambus' forthcoming processor bus, known as "Redwood," is a high-speed parallel interface that delivers data to various integrated circuits on a processor.

Rambus technology was used in Sony's highly successful Playstation 2 gaming platform, and will likely be used in future products from the company, Sony said in a press release. Toshiba will use the technology in its DRAM (dynamic RAM) products, it said in the release.

Specific financial terms of the agreements have not been released.

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