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Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

To defeat the chip makers, you must become a chip maker

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Serial litigant and denizen of chip makers' nightmare realms, Rambus, known for its licensing business model and the resultant court cases, has announced it is getting into the manufacturing game itself.

Rambus has stated that its products will aid the company to move away from its often litigation-linked business model.

CEO Ronald Black, who took over from former head Harold Hughes when he stepped down in 2012, has reportedly been pushing for changes in the businesses' activities since his ascension to the iron throne.

Offering a comment at the time of Rambus' $240m settlement with SK Hynix, although before the conclusion of the 13-year "Bleak House" suit between the company and Micron, Black was keen to insulate the company against accusations that it wasn't being the most productive kind of business.

"Somehow we got thrown into the patent troll bunch," Black told the WSJ. "This is just not the case."

Rambus has the R+ DDR4 server memory interface chipset, which has been named RB26. It will be the first of a range if R+ chips, for RDIMMs and LRDIMMs, to ease communications transmissions and accelerate data-intensive applications.

"Expanding our offer beyond IP into chips with standards-based offerings that feature leading-edge performance and advanced functionality amplifies our growth strategy and furthers our engagement with the market," said Black.

The new Rambus chips are being sampled by key potential customers in sample volumes and commercial production is due to start in late 2015.

Rambus will be demonstrating its server DIMM chipset at the Intel Developer Forum, between 18-20 August 2015, in San Francisco. ®

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