Elpida extends licensing agreement with Rambus
Xbit Labs is reporting
that Rambus has extended
its patent licensing agreement with Elpida. The extension represents Rambus' first successful licensing of patents to cover DDR2.
The new agreement extends Elpida's license term to March 2008. The license scope has been expanded to permit Elpida to sell SDRAM, DDR DRAM, DDR2 DRAM, associated FB-DIMMs and specialty DRAM products in exchange for interim fixed quarterly payments to Rambus. These interim fixed quarterly payments will only apply until certain trigger events occur. The interim shift from per unit to fixed payments is not expected to have a material impact on Rambus's 2004 revenues
I guess that's one lawsuit Rambus won't have to file. The company is currently in the midst of a patent infringement claim against Infineon and an anti-trust lawsuit against Hynix, Infineon, Micron, and Siemens.