Minor Dramurai tumbles to Rambus

Okey-dokey says Oki in licence hokey-cokey

Bloomberg is reporting that Oki, a maker of synchronous DRAM memories, has agreed to license both DDR and SDRAM patents from Rambus Ink.

That should give Rambus' share price a kick up the pants, given that it has been in freefall ever since Intel confirmed it would create DDR and SDRAM chipsets supporting its up-and-coming Pentium 4 chip.

Although Oki is not one of the biggest memory manufacturers in the world, the agreement acts as a warning to other, bigger Dramurai, and, like Toshiba it will be forced to pay extra royalties to Rambus for the privilege of using patents which the Mountain View IP company believes belongs to it.

You can find the Bloomberg story here. ®

See also

Rambus, Pentium 4: The Hall of Mirrors (analysis)