Rambus and Spansion Announce Cross-Licensing Agreement
January 15, 2007 6:55 PM
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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.
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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1/16/2007 7:41:00 AM
Looks as if there always is someone out there willing to pay for feeding a monster like Rambus :D
RDR had interesting technological sides to it, specially by the time it came out... It smartly tried to address the problem of massive parallel communications to and from system memory... The results were less than brilliant, though, and not even the bandwidth hungry netburst cores did benefit too much by using RDR over DDR, and, for the worse, RIMMs were so much more expensive than DIMMs and the latency found on the seen implementations was so much worse that it negated any benefit that the extra bandwidth could give.
Maybe if CPU architectures from that time had a much bigger cache, they could have benefitted much more from something like RDR
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