Eigenlijk was zo ongeveer iedereen er wel uit: het samenwerkingsverband van Intel met Rambus is niet succesvol gebleken. Nu heeft Craig Barrett (CEO en President van Intel) in een gesprek met Financial Times toegegeven dat het geen slimme zet is geweest om de deal met Rambus Inc. te sluiten. Het gaat echter nog verder, zoals blijkt uit uitspraken van Intel medewerkers in dit artikel van Electronic News. Met name Rambus Inc. en het management van Intel moeten het ontzien. Uit het artikel blijkt bovendien dat de technische medewerkers van Intel al snel inzagen dat Rambus "not the way to go" was:
Barrett openly denounced Rambus' legal tactics. "We hoped we were partners with a company that would concentrate on technology innovation rather than seeking to collect a toll from other companies," he said, according to the Financial Times article.
[...]Intel's senior management ignored early warnings from its own engineering staff that Rambus technology would be hard to implement, according to the source. "Requests for information went up the chain and there never would be any response. Two years ago we told them that technically it was a poor proposition at best. But they relied on Rambus for all of the engineering expertise in this area," the former employee said.
"We told them there wasn't enough design margin; they were going to be hurt by noise and impedance problems. (One staff member) determined there was negative timing margin. This was repeated to upper management. The reported response from (one executive) was, 'It's not the first time we've shipped devices with negative margin.' "
The lack of reality checking inside Intel became extremely serious, according to the source. "The Intel Architecture Group is an arrogant bunch that all ought to be fired. This is a group that many times has no contact with reality and doesn't know how to manufacture real things."
Willi submitte het nieuws, bedankt hiervoor.