Feeds

Elpida licenses Rambus DDR SDRAM

Another one struck from Rambus' list

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Elpida Memory, the joint venture between NEC and Hitachi, has followed Samsung and signed up to license Rambus' SDRAM and DDR SDRAM patents.

Samsung signed yesterday. Like the Samsung agreement, Elpida's licence will involve the payment of royalties to Rambus which are, in Rambus' words, "greater than the RDRAM compatible rates". The licence covers SDRAM and DDR SDRAM memory and controllers that connect directly to that memory.

As we noted yesterday, Rambus' strategy is clear: to leverage its patents to raise the price of DDR SDRAM to make it less competitive than its own Direct DRAM technology.

To date, both NEC and Hitachi have individually licensed Rambus' intellectual property, as have Toshiba, Oki and, of course, Samsung. Together they account for around 40 per cent of the world DRAM market, according to Dataquest figures supplied by Rambus. IDC, meanwhile, reckons Elpida will take 11.5 per cent of the DRAM market next year, after it begins shipping product in January. Of course, since Elpida is the combination of NEC and Hitachi's existing production, that figure is already part of the 40 per cent statistic Rambus has already quoted.

Meanwhile, Infineon, Micron and Hyundai are all challenging Rambus' licensing manoeuvres, which has resorted to the courts to attempt to force them to toe the line. Infineon is suing Rambus back, alleging the memory company has used Infineon intellectual property without permission. ®

Related Stories

Samsung signs on Rambus DDR and SDRAM dotted line
Infineon countersues Rambus

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.