In a surprising turn of events, Cadence and Rambus entered into a definitive agreement late last week for Cadence to buy memory physical interface IP and SerDes businesses from Rambus. As a result, Cadence will get a comprehensive portfolio of memory PHY IP and an established client base. Meanwhile, with the sale of its PHY and SerDes assets, Rambus will now solely focus on licensing digital IP. Historically, Rambus developed memory technologies, including RDRAM and XDR DRAM. At some point, the company patented fundamental technologies enabling SDRAM, DDR SDRAM, and their successors. Doing this allowed them to effectively sue virtually all memory makers and designers of memory controllers (including AMD and Nvidia) and make them pay license fees. Over time the company began to license memory...
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For regular AnandTech readers, the drums of GDDR6 have been beating loudly for most of the last year now. The new memory standard replaces the venerable GDDR5 memory, which...15 by Ryan Smith on 1/23/2018
Since its inception in 1990, DRAM technology company Rambus’s business model has been an unusual one, focused on the creation and licensing of technology as opposed to selling finished...20 by Ryan Smith on 8/17/2015
Bringing an end to a saga that has spanned over a decade and most of the life of this site, what’s widely considered the final major legal battle between...32 by Ryan Smith on 12/11/2013
While Rambus has settled in one form or another with most of the major players in the computing industry, one of the remaining holdouts has been NVIDIA. NVIDIA has...20 by Ryan Smith on 2/9/2012
There are few companies in the tech world as infamous as Rambus, an IP-only RAM development firm. For the better part of 10 years now they have been engaged...29 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2011