Samsung stops at Rambus toll booth
Yet another big DRAM maker caved to Rambus's royalty demands yesterday, as Samsung's knees buckled. Here is the score to date:
The South Korean memory giant joins Japan's NEC, Toshiba, Hitachi, and Oki in paying extra royalties for those Rambus patents. . . . . While five DRAM companies have agreed to license Rambus' synchronous DRAM technologies, Micron, Infineon, and Hyundai are separately fighting the Mountain View company in court. Micron Technology Inc. in Boise, Idaho, claims Rambus is violating U.S. antitrust laws and unfairly attempting to force licensing agreements for SDRAM interfaces.
Rambus made good on its promise to set royalties on DDR SDRAM at a higher rate in order to give DRDRAM a competitive advantage:
Under the new Samsung licensing agreement, Rambus will collect royalties for DDR SDRAM and the controllers at a higher rate than what it gets for Direct Rambus memories. The agreement also includes royalties for SDRAM and for controllers that directly interface to SDRAM, as well as a license fee for the entire agreement, according to Rambus, which has struck the same terms with NEC, Toshiba, Hitachi, and Oki.
Meanwhile, Intel execs blamed Rambus
for some of their product delays over the past year.