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Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too

Patent troll Semiconductor licensing giant Rambus announced this week a physical layer design for accessing GDDR6 – aka double data rate type six synchronous graphics random-access memory. This GDDR6 PHY blueprint is aimed at hooking up high-speed, high-bandwidth GDDR6 SGRAM to hardware accelerators and processors to rapidly …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018

Microsoft and Rambus will get schwifty in quantum-cum-cryogenic computation collab

Microsoft and Rambus have announced "an expanded collaboration" to develop prototype systems that can optimise memory performance at cryogenic temperatures. The pair first joined forces back in 2015 to investigate new computer architectures in anticipation of the Moore's Law apocalypse. The concern is that demand for realtime …
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They've reached it: Crossroads' stock price crashes to just $0.25

Crossroads Systems’s share price has collapsed to $0.25. It was $3.65 in March 2015, following full fiscal 2015 results showing a fifth loss-making year of declining revenues. Why is it still afloat? In its final quarter of financial year 2015, ended Oct 31, the archival software systems shipper saw revenues of a derisory $1. …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2016
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Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

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 …
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Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER

One of the IT industry's “Bleak House” lawsuits, between Rambus and Micron, has finally wound up after 13 years. The battle of the DRAM makers dates back to an era when investors were just about to discover that their dotcom money was feeding an evanescent bubble. After funding the education of enough lawyers' children to …
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SK Hynix coughs $240m to settle Rambus IP case

South Korean chip-maker SK Hynix has signed a five-year licensing deal worth $240m to settle an ongoing patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by intellectual property licensing firm Rambus. Hynix and Rambus have signed a five-year DRAM product licensing deal for Hynix to use computer memory IP from Rambus, and settled …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013
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Rambus' patent evidence-shredding slices into Hynix DRAM payout

A US judge has ruled that legal attack dog Rambus destroyed evidence prior to its patent lawsuit against SK Hynix - but decided the paper-shredding wasn't a deliberate attempt to derail Hynix's defence. Judge Ronald Whyte reduced the royalties that Hynix owes on memory chips to just "reasonable non-discriminatory" levels. The …
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Top Rambus attack dog Harold Hughes to retire

Rambus CEO Harold Hughes is stepping down - causing grief, devastation and woe in intellectual property lawyers' offices across the USA. Since 2005 he has led the memory technology firm, well-known for its litigious endeavours, and will stay in post until a successor is found. A search is underway. In a canned statement, he …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012

Upstart startup STT punts big on universal memory

VCs are funding resistive RAM startup Spin Transfer Technologies to the tune of 36 million greenbacks so it can start creating its universal memory – combining DRAM speed, flash non-volatility, and breaking NAND scaling limits. Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) was actually started in 2007 by New York University and Allied …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2012
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Rambus drops $35m for Unity Semiconductor

Rambus is spending $35m (£22.13m) in cash to buy Unity Semiconductor and get into the post-NAND memory business. Unity is involved with CMOX resistive RAM technology, said to combine DRAM speed and NAND non-volatility. It hopes to produce a 1 terabit chip by 2014. Unity's people will be joining Rambus, putting an end to any …
Chris Mellor, 7 Feb 2012
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US shoots down key Rambus patent

Legal attack dog Rambus has suffered another blow to its memory technology licensing business after a US patent office appeals board declared three Barth patents invalid. Reuters reports that the three Barth patents refer to PC memory controllers and have been used by Rambus to collect millions of dollars in licensing fees …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012
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Rambus tumbles in antitrust reversal

Rambus, the litigious memory tech firm, has taken a beating in the stock markets after losing a key case against Micron over price fixing and conspiracy charges. Rambus had accused Micron and Hynix Semiconductor of fixing the memory market to keep Rambus technology priced out, and it was demanding nearly $4bn in direct damages …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2011
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Hynix gets out tiny NAND cell

While flash fabs are producing 20nm-class product Hynix has gone one better, planning to present a 15nm flash geometry at the next International Electron Devices Meeting. A 20nm-class flash die is made using a process between 29nm and 20nm. The smaller the process, the more flash dies can be obtained from a wafer and, it …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2011
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Rambus litigation imperilled by document shredding

A US Appeal court has found that Rambus had shredded documents pertinent to two lawsuits it had won, and has asked lower courts to re-examine the cases, threatening Rambus licence revenues. A Reuters report on Friday revealed that Rambus, a serial and largely successful litigator in defence of its memory chip intellectual …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2011
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Rambus gets Tosh top-up

Toshiba has renewed a five-year memory licensing agreement with Rambus, providing a plentiful flow of royalty dollars to the litigious company. The deal is concerned with intellectual property relating to speeding up SDR, DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory chip performance, as well as some other DRAM chip types. The royalties will …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2011
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Rumbustious Rambus rampaging rebarbatively, again

It will be no surprise to hear that Rambus has set out on the IP infringement legal highway again. What is it this time? Rambus wants Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor, LSI, MediaTek, NVIDIA and STMicroelectronics barred from importing products which allegedly infringe Rambus-owned patents known as the Dally and Barth …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2010

Nvidia licenses Rambus memory tech

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has partially resolved its legal issues with lawsuit-happy Rambus by signing a patent agreement with the memory technology maker. Rambus and Nvidia announced this morning that the patent licensing agreement covers SDR memory controllers as well as DDR, DDR2, DDR3, LPDDR, LPDDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3, GDDR4, …
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Oracle sniffing around Citrix, HP around Rambus

According to the Briefing.com rumor mongering financial news site, software giant Oracle - not even finished with its $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems - is sniffing around middleware and virtualization maker Citrix Systems and may be interested in acquiring the company. In the same report, you'll find that Briefing.com …

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