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Samsung Settles With Rambus for $900 Million

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Samsung to fork over $900 million to Rambus to put memory patent woes to rest.

Rambus has emerged victorious from another legal patent-laced battle. The memory company announced with Samsung that the two had reached a settlement agreement and a forward-going license.

As part of the overall agreement, Samsung will initially pay Rambus $200 million as well as invest another $200 million in Rambus stock. Over the next five years, Samsung will have to pay Rambus about $100 million per year, split into quarterly payments.

In addition, the companies also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work on a new generation of memory technologies that will focus on graphics and mobile memory solutions and will further review a potential collaboration on server and high-speed NAND Flash memories.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to renew a partnership which has created solutions that have benefited consumers worldwide," said Harold Hughes, President and CEO of Rambus. "Bringing together Samsung’s market and technology leadership with our innovations for high-performance and high-efficiency memory architectures will make possible an exciting new generation of mobile, computing and consumer electronics products."

Rambus settled a patent license agreement with memory maker Hynix last year.

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    blackthorne , January 25, 2010 4:33 PM
    more money for rambus to sue someone else...
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    back_by_demand , January 25, 2010 4:44 PM
    popaholicAnother victory for RamBus; now if they ever make a new product, they are well funded for at least 5 years.

    What new product?
    Their business model is clearly defined as "patent troll"
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    extremepcs , January 25, 2010 4:31 PM
    I wonder if the settlement came with some lube... Samsung got REAMED.
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  • 18 Hide
    extremepcs , January 25, 2010 4:31 PM
    I wonder if the settlement came with some lube... Samsung got REAMED.
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    popaholic , January 25, 2010 4:33 PM
    Another victory for RamBus; now if they ever make a new product, they are well funded for at least 5 years.
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    blackthorne , January 25, 2010 4:33 PM
    more money for rambus to sue someone else...
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    theubersmurf , January 25, 2010 4:37 PM
    Still no mention of Rambus victory over nvidia in court yet?
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    surf2di4 , January 25, 2010 4:42 PM
    i wondered what that chafing was all about!
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    back_by_demand , January 25, 2010 4:44 PM
    popaholicAnother victory for RamBus; now if they ever make a new product, they are well funded for at least 5 years.

    What new product?
    Their business model is clearly defined as "patent troll"
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    darkknight22 , January 25, 2010 4:49 PM
    prepare for the comeback of $300 RAM modules.....
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    tsnorquist , January 25, 2010 5:07 PM
    Samsung should in retaliation buy out Rambus and dissolve the company.

    $900MM to the company that gave us CRIMMS.... wtf.
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    zak_mckraken , January 25, 2010 5:32 PM
    Should have bought Rambus stocks after the RDRAM failure. I'd be rich today! Well, less poor at any rate.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , January 25, 2010 5:37 PM
    What's with the picture???? I used that for world domination facebook group, but for this? really? :p 
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    logitic , January 25, 2010 5:38 PM
    for the love of god now ram is going to go up in price even more.... whats the shit made out of gold!
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    HavoCnMe , January 25, 2010 5:52 PM
    As long as I don't have another option for choosing a mobo, video card, and so on, ill be ok. Now if they come out with DDR4 and DDR5 I'm all for that. Just make DDR3 PC16000 go down for goodness sake. JMO
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    aletoil , January 25, 2010 6:48 PM
    Rambus the the ultimate compilation of hustlers:Grab patents, sue enough to survive another few years. Rinse and repeat.
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    elel , January 25, 2010 6:56 PM
    I should've copyrighted that mental image of the rambus ceo!
    As it is I see you found it.
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    techguy378 , January 25, 2010 6:56 PM
    Rambus should be penalized for suing companies over technology they (Rambus) didn't invent.
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    siuol11 , January 25, 2010 7:13 PM
    While I'm no fan of Rambus, do most of you know how technology companies work? The smaller ones rarely make a complete product, they make minor enhancements to existing IP. Usually they get bought up, but often times bigger companies will simply use those enhancements without paying. This prohibits innovation... As much of it comes from from these smaller companies.
    A good example (although not having anything to do with computers) is the guy who invented the intermittent wiper. He developed a small improvement in a large, complex machine. Should he have created a whole new car to implement this new technology? I'm going to say no... But it was a legitimate addition to existing IP (cars), and he deserved to be compensated for it.
    Now Rambus is a bit unusual, as they do occasionally make physical products, but their main source of revenue is the research they do to create better RAM products... I think (as many others do) that they try to charge way to much for their IP, but to say they don't add anything or create anything is an ignorant statement.
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    figgus , January 25, 2010 7:40 PM
    Rambus doesn't even do that much, siuol11. Their business model is to patent the things discussed in JEDEC meetings, remember?
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    sublifer , January 25, 2010 8:04 PM
    Has RAMBUS done any actual business in the past 5+ years? All I know of them, besides all their damn lawsuits, is that they made RDRam for some P4 platforms years ago and it never caught on cuz of the ridiculous prices for their license/ram
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    siuol11 , January 25, 2010 8:34 PM
    Yes, Rambus has done business. What they do isn't normally covered by tech rags though- so much of the nitty-gritty of the tech world isn't. If you want a more in-depth view of how stuff works in the tech world, read sites like semiaccurate.com. Places like Tom's are really glorified press release aggregates.
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    Gin Fushicho , January 25, 2010 10:47 PM
    Thank god they came to an agreement , does this mean Samsung can keep doing what its been doing?
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