NVIDIA And Rambus Move On With Patent License Agreement

NVIDIA And Rambus Move On With Patent License Agreement

NVIDIA has a history of picking bones with companies. They've created quite a riff between themselves and Intel, for example, and their CEO is one of the least reserved in the entire tech industry. If he feels like saying something, he'll say it. We like the bravado, but it has put the company into awkward spots before.

One long standing disagreement that eventually went to the courtroom is one between NVIDIA and Rambus. This week though, the companies have agreed to put their differences aside in an effort to move on and move forward. They have agreed to sign a patent license agreement related to certain memory controllers, and under those agreements Rambus has granted NVIDIA a patent license for certain memory controllers at a 1 percent royalty rate for SDR memory controllers and a 2 percent royalty rate for other memory controllers, including DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3, GDDR4, and portions of GDDR5 memory controllers. It's worth noting that NVIDIA has granted no licenses to Rambus. The full release is below.

 Rambus and NVIDIA Sign Patent License Agreement

Agreement Covers Memory Controllers for Certain DRAM

LOS ALTOS, Calif. & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual computing, today announced they have signed a patent license agreement related to certain memory controllers.

Under the agreement, Rambus has granted NVIDIA a patent license for certain memory controllers at a 1 percent royalty rate for SDR memory controllers and a 2 percent royalty rate for other memory controllers, including DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3, GDDR4, and portions of GDDR5 memory controllers. NVIDIA has granted no licenses to Rambus.

The signed patent license agreement went into effect on August 12, 2010. The parties have not signed any releases of liability, nor dismissed any outstanding litigation between them.

The terms of the license are per the agreement that Rambus offers as part of its commitment with the European Commission. A sample of the Memory Controller License Agreement is available at www.rambus.com/licensing. 
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Rambus needs to die a horrid flaming death. This company is still dragging down the tech sector years after it should have died off.

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I'm with InfinityzeN.

It sounds like Nvidia got of *relatively* cheap, but they shouldn't have had to pay a dime. I hope that no standards group will ever let Rambus within earshot, and the next big innovation makes their patents obsolete.

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They've been floggin' this dead horse for years and getting away with it too.

They remind me of medieval money counters beating their slaves if they don't hurry up,........

Well, maybe not that bad,... but they suck.

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The problem with Rambus is that, in addition to being ridiculously litigious, they are an IP company. They develop interfaces and core logic that other companies employ in their product designs. So, since they don't actually sell a product to an end consumer, they take a beating even more so for their action, since they're an easy whipping boy, or so to speak. I'm not defending them, just sayin'. Big silicon manufacturers license from Rambus and when your only revenue stream is licensed IP, defending that IP is a big part of the game.

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The problem comes about from how they got their hold on the current memory controller standards though Dave.  Joining the group designing what was supposed to be an open standard and suggesting adding lots of things that you already patented or are patenting now without telling everyone else in the group is what has really earned them huge chunks of scorn.

Other than that IP, they have lost money with all their other tech (sometimes failing horridly).  Since they can't make money except by licensing they patents they got by lying and dirty dealing, well...

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