Kingston First to Offer System Validated SO-RIMM Modules

Cooperative Effort With Rambus Results

In Production Release of Version 1.0 SO-RIMM Design



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kingston Technology Co., Inc.

    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Kingston(R) Technology
 Company, Inc., the world's largest independent memory manufacturer, today
 announced it is shipping samples of the industry's first validated version
 1.0 RDRAM(R)-based SO-RIMM modules in 64MB and 128MB, ECC and non-ECC
 densities.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991011/KINGSTON )
     Kingston's SO-RIMM modules were validated utilizing a two-step process.
 They first passed the electrical validation process defined by Rambus Inc.,
 which ensures that the SO-RIMM modules meet the impedance, forward and
 backward cross-talk, and propagation delay specifications.
     The next validation step involves system validation, which tests the
 functionality of the SO-RIMM modules at 800MHz in a system platform.  System
 validation testing ensures that the SO-RIMM modules meet the same standards
 for interoperability and system performance as RIMM modules.
     Kingston, Rambus and Advanced Validation Labs(R) Inc. (AVL) engineers
 teamed up to set up a special system validation process for SO-RIMMs, based
 upon the already-proven RIMM module system validation process.  This
 three-company joint effort resulted in Rambus' industry-wide release of
 version 1.0 of the SO-RIMM module design.
     "The SO-RIMM module design release for high volume manufacturing required
 the close cooperation of three companies with expertise in high-speed module
 design, advanced chip-scale package (CSP) module manufacturing, and testing on
 ATE and system platforms," said Steve Chen, vice president Partner and OEM
 Marketing for Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:   RMBS).  "Our long standing relationship
 with Kingston and AVL clearly made this possible and the industry will benefit
 from their expertise."
     "Kingston has worked with Rambus since 1997, and our many joint projects
 have helped Kingston evolve into a company with strong engineering and testing
 expertise on high-speed memory technologies such as Rambus," said Dr. Ramon
 Co, vice president, Technology and Test Engineering Division, Kingston.
     "The communications and networking market requires robust and proven
 designs for their long product lifecycles," added Larry Ho, director,
 technical labs, Advanced Validation Labs.  "AVL's system validation tests
 included special tests to verify the functionality of the SO-RIMM modules with
 different power supply and temperature conditions."
     Kingston said that AVL will also provide Kingston's OEM customers with
 special SO-RIMM testing services on their specific networking and
 communications product platforms.
 
     Kingston's part numbers are:
      KVR800x18-4SO/64         64MB 800MHz ECC SO-RIMM
      KVR800x16-4SO/64         64MB 800MHz non-ECC SO-RIMM
      KVR800x18-8SO/128        128MB 800MHz ECC SO-RIMM
      KVR800x16-8SO/128        128MB 800MHz non-ECC SO-RIMM
 
     For more information on Kingston's Rambus products for OEMs, please
 contact Kingston Strategic OEM Sales at 888-435-5440.
     The released Version 1.0 SO-RIMM PCB designs will be posted at
 http://www.rambus.com/developer/support_pcb_gerbers.html .
 
     About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
     With annual sales over $1.6 billion in 2000, Kingston offers a complete
 line of memory, storage, networking and PC enhancement products.  With
 strictly regulated ISO-registered facilities in the United States (ISO 9001),
 Ireland (ISO 9002), Malaysia (ISO 9002) and Taiwan (ISO 9002), Kingston
 markets its products through an extensive worldwide network of distributors,
 major reseller chains and independent dealers.  For additional information on
 Kingston products, please contact Kingston Technology at +1 (800) 337-8410.
 
     Kingston, Computing Without Limits, ValueRAM and the Kingston logo are
 registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Company, Inc.  All rights
 reserved.  Rambus and RDRAM are registered trademarks of Rambus Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   RMBS).  SO-RIMM and RIMM are trademarks of Rambus Inc.  All other
 marks may be property of their respective titleholders.  For media images of
 Kingston products, visit Kingston's web site at
 http://www.kingston.com/primages.
 
 

SOURCE Kingston Technology Co., Inc.
    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Kingston(R) Technology
 Company, Inc., the world's largest independent memory manufacturer, today
 announced it is shipping samples of the industry's first validated version
 1.0 RDRAM(R)-based SO-RIMM modules in 64MB and 128MB, ECC and non-ECC
 densities.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991011/KINGSTON )
     Kingston's SO-RIMM modules were validated utilizing a two-step process.
 They first passed the electrical validation process defined by Rambus Inc.,
 which ensures that the SO-RIMM modules meet the impedance, forward and
 backward cross-talk, and propagation delay specifications.
     The next validation step involves system validation, which tests the
 functionality of the SO-RIMM modules at 800MHz in a system platform.  System
 validation testing ensures that the SO-RIMM modules meet the same standards
 for interoperability and system performance as RIMM modules.
     Kingston, Rambus and Advanced Validation Labs(R) Inc. (AVL) engineers
 teamed up to set up a special system validation process for SO-RIMMs, based
 upon the already-proven RIMM module system validation process.  This
 three-company joint effort resulted in Rambus' industry-wide release of
 version 1.0 of the SO-RIMM module design.
     "The SO-RIMM module design release for high volume manufacturing required
 the close cooperation of three companies with expertise in high-speed module
 design, advanced chip-scale package (CSP) module manufacturing, and testing on
 ATE and system platforms," said Steve Chen, vice president Partner and OEM
 Marketing for Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:   RMBS).  "Our long standing relationship
 with Kingston and AVL clearly made this possible and the industry will benefit
 from their expertise."
     "Kingston has worked with Rambus since 1997, and our many joint projects
 have helped Kingston evolve into a company with strong engineering and testing
 expertise on high-speed memory technologies such as Rambus," said Dr. Ramon
 Co, vice president, Technology and Test Engineering Division, Kingston.
     "The communications and networking market requires robust and proven
 designs for their long product lifecycles," added Larry Ho, director,
 technical labs, Advanced Validation Labs.  "AVL's system validation tests
 included special tests to verify the functionality of the SO-RIMM modules with
 different power supply and temperature conditions."
     Kingston said that AVL will also provide Kingston's OEM customers with
 special SO-RIMM testing services on their specific networking and
 communications product platforms.
 
     Kingston's part numbers are:
      KVR800x18-4SO/64         64MB 800MHz ECC SO-RIMM
      KVR800x16-4SO/64         64MB 800MHz non-ECC SO-RIMM
      KVR800x18-8SO/128        128MB 800MHz ECC SO-RIMM
      KVR800x16-8SO/128        128MB 800MHz non-ECC SO-RIMM
 
     For more information on Kingston's Rambus products for OEMs, please
 contact Kingston Strategic OEM Sales at 888-435-5440.
     The released Version 1.0 SO-RIMM PCB designs will be posted at
 http://www.rambus.com/developer/support_pcb_gerbers.html .
 
     About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
     With annual sales over $1.6 billion in 2000, Kingston offers a complete
 line of memory, storage, networking and PC enhancement products.  With
 strictly regulated ISO-registered facilities in the United States (ISO 9001),
 Ireland (ISO 9002), Malaysia (ISO 9002) and Taiwan (ISO 9002), Kingston
 markets its products through an extensive worldwide network of distributors,
 major reseller chains and independent dealers.  For additional information on
 Kingston products, please contact Kingston Technology at +1 (800) 337-8410.
 
     Kingston, Computing Without Limits, ValueRAM and the Kingston logo are
 registered trademarks of Kingston Technology Company, Inc.  All rights
 reserved.  Rambus and RDRAM are registered trademarks of Rambus Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   RMBS).  SO-RIMM and RIMM are trademarks of Rambus Inc.  All other
 marks may be property of their respective titleholders.  For media images of
 Kingston products, visit Kingston's web site at
 http://www.kingston.com/primages.
 
 SOURCE  Kingston Technology Co., Inc.