SAN FRANCISCO—Rambus Inc. said Monday (June 6) that Freescale Semiconductor Inc. signed a patent licensing agreement covering the use of Rambus patents for memory controllers and serial links in a broad range of ICs, settling pending litigation between the companies.
The term of the patent license agreement is five years, Rambus (Sunnyvale, Calif.) said. Other terms of the agreement—including the amount that Freescale will pay Rambus—remain confidential, Rambus said.
Freescale (Austin, Texas) was one of several chip makers that Rambus named in a complaint last year alleging infringement of patents related to certain memory controllers.
Also Monday, Rambus announced it closed the acquisition of security IP firm Cryptography Research Inc. in a cash and stock deal worth about $242.5 million.
I wonder as well what the cost was? I also wonder if this will drive the others named in the lawsuit to reconsider and settle with Rambus. I do not know the particulars of the dispute but in general it is better to settle out of court than in.
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