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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a ruling that invalidates the third of three patents Rambus used to intimidate Nvidia into settling with it early last year. The decision is a further blow to Rambus' ambitions; the company has sued a wide range of companies, including HP, Broadcom, MediaTek, and STMicroelectronics alleging that they infringed on the three patents.   The 6,591,353 patent, "Protocol for Communication with Dynamic Memory," was overturned on the basis of prior art. It makes numerous references to a 'memory device'; a fact Nvidia was able to exploit.... Read more...
Rambus. Heard of 'em? Sure you have, and now they're making the news again, but it's a positive thing -- don't worry. The company just signed a patent licensing deal with Broadcom, resolving all previous claims related to its technology. The two were previously geared up for a court room showdown, which seems to be the norm in the tech world these days. Licensing has become a mondo issue, but it seems that these two are willing to hug it out (while exchanging some dollars, of course). Rambus said that they will agree to license their patent for "integrated circuits used in chips made by Broadcom."... Read more...
Shares of Rambus are down more than 50 percent today after a jury trial on Wednesday found Micron and Hynix Semiconductor not guilty of price fixing. Rambus had sued the two manufacturers for over $12 billion, claiming that they formed “a secret and unlawful conspiracy to kill a revolutionary technology, make billions of dollars and hang onto power." “We are disappointed with this verdict as we believe strongly in our case,” Rambus Chief Executive Harold Hughes said in a statement. “We do not agree with several rulings that affected how this case was presented to the jury... Read more...
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... Read more...
The International Trade Commission has announced its findings in the NVIDIA/Rambus patent infringement lawsuit and it's not the sort of ruling Team Green would've preferred. The commission found NVIDIA to be in violation of three Rambus patents. The trade panel also granted an injunction Rambus had requested, which theoretically prevents NVIDIA and the various companies attached to the lawsuit (Asus, HP, Palit, and MSI among others) from selling products that contain the infringing IP. This last bit sounds more ominous than it actually is; there's a 60-day window before the injunction takes effect... Read more...
According to Rambus, Samsung Electronics plans to offer a 1 Gigabit XDR DRAM memory device. As a result of this development, Rambus' technology may finally start to see more widespread availability. The XDR memory architecture is interesting because it achieves performance that is higher than would be attainable by current mainstream memory modules. "Samsung's market leadership means system manufacturers can be assured of a reliable supply of our XDR DRAM," said Sharon Holt, senior vice president of Licensing and Marketing at Rambus. "With XDR memory's world-leading bandwidth performance, designers... Read more...
We can't say for certain, but it sure feels like Rambus is doing its best to redirect attention away from its recent legal tussle with NVIDIA and onto more, shall we say, positive matters. Just a day after NVIDIA made clear that Rambus had withdrawn its complaints in court, the California-based memory maker announced that it had shipped over 100 million of its XDR DRAM modules worldwide. We aren't mathematicians by trade, but 100 million sure isn't anything to scoff at. The company's obviously not satisfied with such a figure, however, as just recently we learned that it was toiling away in an... Read more...
Rambus Moves To Withdraw Patents From ITC Proceedings Against NVIDIA SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 8, 2009 - NVIDIA today announced that Rambus has asked an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) to terminate the investigation of NVIDIA relating to four patents stemming from a complaint filed in November 2008. Rambus has conceded that NVIDIA products do not infringe on its four patents before the ITC, and has also asked for termination of several claims from a fifth patent in the ITC action.“We are pleased Rambus has recognized the weakness of these patents and claims,”... Read more...
Leave it to Rambus to keep the memory industry from resting on its laurels. Currently, DDR3 has a data rate limit of 3200Mbps, but all that's gearing up to change. Announced today, Rambus has unveiled a set of innovations that can advance computing main memory beyond said limit, and needless to say, these "advancements" are available now for licensing. The collection of improvements promises to let designers achieve higher memory data rates, higher effective throughput, better power efficiency and the increased capacity necessary for future computing applications. Craig Hampel, Rambus Fellow, gloated... Read more...
Today, Rambus demonstrated a new RAM technology that could be used to enable more advanced visuals on smartphones and other mobile devices. Called the Mobile Memory Initiative, the technology focuses on high-bandwidth, low-power memory technologies with the intentions of achieving data rates of 4.3Gbps while using best-in-class power efficiency. This new technology could make it possible for companies to build super-powerful phones that utilize the Mobile Memory Initiative’s estimated 17GBps throughput. This technology could be used in next-generation smartphones, netbooks, portable gaming, and... Read more...
We've got a couple of editors out in Las Vegas currently at the whirlwind that is the Consumer Electronics Show (myself included), and saw some cool stuff at an event this evening that we thought many of you would like to check out.  There are a few big announcements coming over the next couple of days that we'll be talking about in due time, and the show technically doesn't start until tomorrow, but that didn't stop some major players from showcasing their wares a bit early...          NVIDIA and Viewsonic NVIDIA was showing off a few things, including its Ion... Read more...
The European Commission is joining various US courts in examining the legal rights and wrongs of Rambus.  Apparently the EC is taking issue with Rambus allegedly not properly disclosing all of its patents to potential customers who were interested in acquiring licenses for other Rambus technology.By not telling customers that Rambus held patents in relevant technology that was essentially required to properly utilize technology they licensed to others, Rambus was setting themselves up for a future law suit against their own clients and licensees.Whether or not there were outstanding reasons for... Read more...
Rambus Showcases Silicon Verified Demo Compliant with Gen2 Revision 0.5 Specification for PCI Express   Seamlessly integrated digital controller and PHY solution for next generation PC and peripheral interconnect... Los Altos, California, United States  - 09/25/2006   Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq: RMBS), one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed chip interfaces, today announced the availability of its Gen2 Total Solution silicon demo, a complete communications interface solution featuring an integrated digital controller and PHY implementation... Read more...
These patent infringement cases seem to be everywhere these days. This is a huge one though, as Hynix has been ordered to pay Rambus $306 Million. While that's a lot of cash, Rambus could be looking at even more money from others as a result from the court ruling. "The verdict, though, could prompt Rambus to file even more lawsuits. PC makers and others who incorporated DDR into their products are potentially liable. Graphics chipmakers, which insert a type of memory called GDDR into their products, could also get a call from the Rambus legal... Read more...
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