Intel has not completed validation testing of three-RIMM motherboard configurations, according to a company spokesman today. Intel has not decided if it will rework the 820 design or change system specifications for motherboards using three RIMMs.Thanks to the 'shack for the tip.
The inability to use three RIMMs instead of two memory modules will reduce some of the flexibility in systems but it will not limit the maximum use of Direct Rambus DRAMs in desktop PCs, said the Intel spokesman. The 820 chip set handles up to 32 memory devices, which can be placed on two RIMMs. With the 128-Mbit DRDRAMs, two RIMMs can provide the maximum memory for the 820 chip set at 512 Mbytes. In the first quarter next year, 256-Mbit DRDRAMs are expected to become available for 1-Gbytes on two RIMMs, the Intel spokesman said.