Rambus was excellent tech...just too early for its time and far too expensive for the gains to be had.
I'd like to hear more about this perspective...
My recollection is that DDR was the excellent part, and obviously that's been widely adopted. But I seem to recall that RDRAM had a narrow bus (16 bits or 32 bits) that ran at a high clock speed, resulting in terrible performance/watt. Basically the opposite of HBM.
But high clock speeds, but with RDRAM and Netburst, fit Intel's (and really, the whole industry's) late 90s marketing narrative. Gelsinger brought us the 486, which was a fine product but also accelerated the marketing of clock rates.
So I'm just wondering... what was Gelsinger's role in pushing Intel down the RDRAM/Netburst path?
I'm trying to figure out if his return is good news for Intel or not...
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