The two companies announced that Nvidia has signed a patent license agreement, which applies to "a broad range of integrated circuit (IC) products offered by Nvidia" for a time frame of five years. All claims referring to patent infringement in the past have been settled as well, Rambus said. Further details were kept confidential.
Rambus noted that the "license agreement […] settles our differences and allows [the company] to move forward with Nvidia, the leader in visual and parallel computing.” Nvidia did not provide an official statement.
Rambus filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nvidia in 2008, in which the company claimed that the graphics chip maker infringed on a total of 17 Rambus patents that relate to SDR, DDR and GDDR memory controllers. Nvidia defended (opens in new tab) itself by stating that Rambus' strategy to patent rather common techniques to manufacture memory is anti-competitive and should be considered theft.