Could Nvidia find itself forced to license patents from Rambus? As Reuters reports, the U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Nvidia infringed on three Rambus patents, setting the stage for a possible ban on imports of "some Nvidia products"—unless Nvidia pays up, that is.
Rambus filed a lawsuit against Nvidia way back in July 2008, claiming the firm violated no less than 17 patents. The dispute centered on the memory controllers in Nvidia's graphics processors, chipsets, applications processors, and other products. Those memory controllers operate with memory types Rambus lays claim to, like GDDR3.
Nvidia may not have to settle just yet. Reuters says that, according to an initial ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Rambus "may not have full claim to some of the patents involved in the current dispute." Nvidia General Counsel David Shannon expects a decision later this year, and he told Reuters, "We're going to continue to take the necessary steps to move forward with our arguments, not necessarily just with the ITC, but certainly in the Patent and Trademark Office."
Meanwhile, Rambus will order a review of findings that go against its interests. Rambus General Counsel Tom Lavelle also went on record as saying he wishes to have "productive settlement discussions" with Nvidia. Rambus landed a juicy, $900-million settlement from Samsung just last week. (Thanks to TR reader Jive for the tip.)
|AMD says its Vega cards will launch "over the next couple of months"||44|
|Samsung's high-end Chromebook Pro will be available May 28||18|
|GeForce 382.33 drivers are ready for a match of Tekken 7||0|
|HP upgrades Envy and Spectre x2 laptop lineups||24|
|Asus ROG Strix X370-F and B350-F mobos take wing||4|
|MSI debuts slot-powered Radeon RX 560 Aero ITX OC cards||14|
|Lian-Li PC-O12WX puts graphics cards under glass||7|
|Asus B250I Gaming brings ROG Strix bling at a lower price||17|
|Lenovo Legion Y920 is a mobile gaming beast||14|
|Pool cleaners. Or possibly Lifeguards.||+47|