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Rambus, AMD ink patent licensing deal

Posted: 05 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advanced Micro Devices? amd? Rambus? memory chips? John Walko?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is paying $75 million over the next five years to use a range of Rambus technologies in a deal that specifically excludes AMD using the patents to manufacture Rambus-designed memory chips.

The license agreement focuses on the memory controller logic needed to connect to XDR, Rambus' eXtended Data Rate memories. The deal also includes Rambus patents covering DDR-2, DDR-3, FB-DIMM and PCI Express technologies, as well as other current and future high-speed memory and logic controller interfaces.

Specific terms of the deal were not revealed, but the companies said the agreement can be renewed after five years.

"The license of our patent portfolio with AMD's demonstrated innovation in the microprocessor market is highly compelling," said Rambus CEO Harold Hughes. "We are very pleased to start the new year with an agreement that reflects a new approach for pricing our controller licenses and to continue to provide the market with innovative high-speed chip interface technologies."

- John Walko
EE Times

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