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Spansion to pay royalty fees to Rambus for certain memory technologies

Rambus announced last week that it has won another major license agreement deal with a company called Spansion. In the cross-licensing agreement which will last for five years, Spansion is entitled to a number of Rambus patents that focuses on high-speed memory interfaces and memory designs. The agreement will be royalty base -- like most other Rambus license grants -- and will give Spansion an edge in flash memory design.

Spansion focuses its products on the mobile, automotive and networking markets, where demand for high-performance memory is high. The company was jointly created by AMD and Fujitsu several years ago and today is one of the world's largest producers of flash memory -- a market that AMD very much prides itself in.

"This license agreement with Rambus enables Spansion to expand our memory solutions for cellular phone applications," said Robert Melendres, executive vice president and chief legal officer at Spansion. "Working with the Rambus team to secure access to their patent portfolio will provide us more design freedom as we develop next generation Flash memory technology and solutions."

Spansion is one of many companies that are currently part of licensing agreements with Rambus. AMD, Elpida, Fujitsu, Qimonda, Matsushita, NEC, Renesas and Toshiba are just some of the companies out there utilizing Rambus' technology.

Rambus holds an iron fist over its patents and products its intellectual property with legendary ferocity.  DailyTech has reported on numerous ocassions about Rambus and its exercises in the court room. Rambus recently won a case against Hynix for patent infringement but Hynix isn't the only one. Micron was also recently entangled in court with Rambus over a staggering 18 patent infringement claims.

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RE: hurray
By Axbattler on 1/15/2007 11:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the lawsuits. That bugged me even more than the performance.

RE: hurray
By ecktt on 1/16/2007 1:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
Rambus was ahead of their time back in the P3/P4/Athlon era providing more memory bandwidth than (at the time) FSB could consume and so DDR lower latency was a better match. Their memory back then and now simplifies motherboard design and beats the pants off DDR/2/3/n bandwidth. Latency was high but has improved. I’ll not argue the pros and cons of DDR vs Rambus memory but its undeniable that as DDR is and its successors are getting worse with respect to latency. God alone know why Intel went with FBDIMM instead of XDR. No I am not a RAMBUS fan boy and no I don’t own stock in RAMBUS. I just don’t like to see good technology shot down with ignorance.

RE: hurray
By hubajube on 1/16/2007 2:22:11 PM , Rating: 2
I just don’t like to see good technology shot down with ignorance.
I guess high prices and non-existent performance are not ignorant?

RE: hurray
By StevoLincolnite on 1/16/2007 6:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
*COUGHS* Bullshit!
SD Ram PWNS Rambus on the Pentium 3, More than likely because of latency.
And it matched the FSB.


"Rambus was ahead of their time back in the P3/P4/Athlon era providing more memory bandwidth than (at the time) FSB could consume and so DDR lower latency was a better match."

And then they eventually released Dual Channel DDR to keep up, And then Bang! DDR2!

Also read this:

It shows that even on the Pentium 4 using crappy SD Ram on the system, proved that SD was only slightly slower than RDAM yet Rambus was 3-4 times more expensive.

So I wouldn't call it good technology, SD and DDR were always the better choice in all situations. Price/Performance ratio SD PWNED Rambus. And theres a huge difference in age and bandwidth of both technology's. (And cost!)

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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