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Rambus, Elpida modify memory patent licensing deal

Posted: 10 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sdram? ddr dram? ddr2 dram? fb-dimms? specialty dram?

Rambus Inc. has extended its SDRAM and DDR DRAM patent licensing agreement with Elpida Memory Inc.

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.

Geoff Tate, CEO at Rambus, stated, "This agreement gives us predictability of royalty income from Elpida for the immediate future while giving Elpida a path to potential cost savings in the longer term."

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