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Rambus, a technology licensing company, announced today it has signed a patent license agreement with Nvidia Corp. The agreement covers a broad range of integrated circuit products and halts all legal disputes with Rambus. In particular, Nvidia will pay Rambus for a set of industry standards that it has used for free for many years.

The agreement covers the use of technologies that utilize patents which Rambus had acquired throughout its history. Those technologies are used in a broad range of integrated circuit (IC) products offered by Nvidia, but the two companies did not indicate which exactly. In addition, the two companies have settled all outstanding claims, including resolution of past use of Rambus’ patented innovations. The term of this agreement is five years; other details are confidential.

While the two companies did not indicate which technologies will be covered by the agreement, it is known that Rambus accused Nvidia and a lot of other chip designers of infringing patents that belong to Farmwald-Horowitz, Barth-Ware (Barth) (which cover DDR, DDR2, DDR3, mobile DDR, LPDDR, LPDDR2 and GDDR3 memory controllers) as well as Dally (which relate to open industry standards, such as PCI Express, Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and DisplayPort) families.

In case all legal disputes between Nvidia and Rambus are now halted, it is logical to conclude that Nvidia agreed to pay the owner of the patents not only for DRAM controller-related industry-standard technologies, but also for other widely used technologies that use inventions once made by William Dally, a current employee of Nvidia, who lost control over the patents that Rambus acquired with the aim to demand royalties from various manufacturers.

 

Tags: DRAM, Rambus, Nvidia, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, mobile DDR, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR3, PCI Express, Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI, SAS, DisplayPort

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Rambus - too shameless to fail =(
1 0 [Posted by: xrror  | Date: 02/08/12 09:23:01 PM]
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It must have been cheaper to pay the extortion money than to keep paying the bottom feeding lawyers
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 02/10/12 12:34:33 AM]
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The fact that Rambus hasn't been nuked out of existence the instant they pulled the JEDEC backstab makes me cry.
0 0 [Posted by: xrror  | Date: 02/10/12 09:32:38 AM]
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"Nvidia will pay Rambus for a set of industry standards that it has used for free for many years."

And we all know what this means, how this is mean.

Probably the rest of us didn't realize, just like I, in which kind of squeez up Rambus is so they should need those kind of ivs.




"It is known that Rambus accused Nvidia and a lot of other chip designers of infringing patents."

It's well known that those are more ridicules created to try to make fast profit on market that was turned away from RDRAM and Rambus-Intel cartel agreement in Y2K, by suing other kids on playground. We could have major fail if they succeeded in those days. But hey now when some other moronically stupid acts slipped thru to affect our lives, then maybe even these kind of shabby business could have a chance but now with envydio as their sugardaddy.


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