updated 09:05 am EST, Wed February 8, 2012
NVIDIA and Rambus sign five-year pact
Rambus on Wednesday struck a deal with NVIDIA to license its patents. The deal extends for five years and is in return for ending Rambus' lawsuit as well as any other legal action. Other details were secret, Rambus said.
The truce came even after Rambus saw the last of three core memory patents invalidated by the USPTO. NVIDIA may be licensing patents outside of these three, but it deprives Rambus of an important source of revenue given a lack of performance in actual products.
Rambus has recently landed a deal with Broadcom, but it has been on the losing side of recent disputes with direct memory rivals Hynix and Micron.