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Nvidia Signs Memory License Deal With Rambus

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Rambus gets to add another notch.

Rambus and Nvidia lsat week 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.

In late July, Rambus won the ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission saying that that Nvidia violated three of five patents held by the memory patent company.

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    elel , August 16, 2010 11:18 AM
    So far, I don't think I've come across a single good story about rambus :( 
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    apache_lives , August 16, 2010 12:23 PM
    rambus can suck a fat one
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    deweycd , August 16, 2010 11:24 AM
    Agreed, Rambus seems to just sit back and reap the rewards of others, kind of like a leach.
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  • 33 Hide
    elel , August 16, 2010 11:18 AM
    So far, I don't think I've come across a single good story about rambus :( 
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    adamboy64 , August 16, 2010 11:21 AM
    Thanks for the article - a good read. I appreciate the effort you've put in here.
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    adamboy64 , August 16, 2010 11:22 AM
    Oops, pressed the 'submit' button too soon. It seems like this Rambus v Nvidia thing might come to an end.. It seems that Rambus have what they want. Hmm..
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    deweycd , August 16, 2010 11:24 AM
    Agreed, Rambus seems to just sit back and reap the rewards of others, kind of like a leach.
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    RaZZ3R , August 16, 2010 11:41 AM
    At least RAMBUS doesn't have any issues with AMD/ATI, for now. But you know something in RAMBUS head screams "Go for it" one day, at least not today :) 
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    Stryter , August 16, 2010 11:58 AM
    p4l1ndr0m3lsat


    law school admission test? ;) 
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    silentq , August 16, 2010 12:00 PM
    one day the new type of memory will be invented - rambus no more, as they feed of their patterns.
  • 17 Hide
    apache_lives , August 16, 2010 12:23 PM
    rambus can suck a fat one
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    ricin , August 16, 2010 12:58 PM
    Correct headline: "nVidia gets owned by Rambus sales team."
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    nforce4max , August 16, 2010 1:05 PM
    The ram leaches are at it again. Still got the bad taste of RDRAM and how it botched a whole generation of cpus. They are the reason why the PS3 only got 256mb of system ram while the crummy RSX is Nvidia's fault when they should have used the G71 instead of the older G70.
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    igot1forya , August 16, 2010 1:05 PM
    Headline: "The devil has a new pet, nVidia"
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    mavroxur , August 16, 2010 1:08 PM
    In America, Rambus licenses you?
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    matt_b , August 16, 2010 1:12 PM
    ricinCorrect headline: "nVidia gets owned by Rambus sales team."

    Correction:
    "nVidia gets owned by Rambus' litigation team."

    All they are is a technology patent law firm.
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    JimmiG , August 16, 2010 1:15 PM
    Hopefully the other memory manufacturers are keeping Rambus spies out of the meeting rooms where they discuss new memory tech. Can't wait for their stupid patents to become irrelevant.
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2010 1:48 PM
    "Nvidia has granted no licenses to Rambus."

    That's because Rambus doesn't need any licenses because they don't actually build anything useful or contribute to the tech industry in any beneficial way. They just leech off of other companies that actually serve a good purpose.
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    tethoma , August 16, 2010 2:20 PM
    I hate Rambus. My NVDA stock will fall even more.
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    danlw , August 16, 2010 2:24 PM
    Im curious about what exactly Rambus is claiming ownership for which is common between DDR-GDDR5. I thought Rambus made RDRAM.

    It would also be nice to know the patent dates... then we would know how much longer we have to put up with them. (patent date plus 17 years)
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    pocketdrummer , August 16, 2010 3:31 PM
    I really hate rambus. What a completely useless company. Those pricks only live off their patents.

    For that matter, the patent system is broken.
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    zoemayne , August 16, 2010 4:01 PM
    apache_livesrambus can suck a fat one

    yea rambus can suck a pickle!
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    proxy711 , August 16, 2010 4:20 PM
    "Nvidia has granted no licenses to Rambus."

    Because they have no need to make anything when they can just patent troll.

    Wasn't their an article a few weeks back that said their income was something like 80%+ patent royalties?
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