Samsung Settles With Rambus for $900 Million

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • extremepcs
    I wonder if the settlement came with some lube... Samsung got REAMED.
  • popaholic
    Another victory for RamBus; now if they ever make a new product, they are well funded for at least 5 years.
  • blackthorne
    more money for rambus to sue someone else...
  • theubersmurf
    Still no mention of Rambus victory over nvidia in court yet?
  • surf2di4
    i wondered what that chafing was all about!
  • back_by_demand
    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"
  • darkknight22
    prepare for the comeback of $300 RAM modules.....
  • tsnorquist
    Samsung should in retaliation buy out Rambus and dissolve the company.

    $900MM to the company that gave us CRIMMS.... wtf.
  • zak_mckraken
    Should have bought Rambus stocks after the RDRAM failure. I'd be rich today! Well, less poor at any rate.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    What's with the picture???? I used that for world domination facebook group, but for this? really? :P