Rambus said Wednesday it has signed a licensing
agreement with Nvidia to settle a long-running patent
Financial terms of the five-year agreement were not
The deal allows Nvidia to use Rambus's technology in a
broad range of its products.
"This is an important license agreement as it settles
our differences and allows us to move forward with
Nvidia, the leader in visual and parallel computing,"
said Harold Hughes, president and CEO of Rambus, in a
Rambus sued Nvidia as early as 2008, when it claimed
that six Nvidia product lines infringed its patents.
Rambus alleged the graphics chip vendor infringed on
17 patents owned by Rambus. The patents related to SDR
(single-data rate), DDR (double-data rate) and GDDR
(graphics double-data rate) memory controllers. Nvidia
had filed a countersuit allegging that Rambus had
"shoplifted an industry standard relating to the
manufacture of common forms of dynamic random access