November 25, 2009, 9:08 am
According to Reuters, one more thread in the long-running saga of Rambus and the JEDEC SDRAM standards abuse saga appears to be reaching an end.
Specifically, the wire service report that next Wednesday the European anticompetition regulators will accept the settlement terms offered last June by chip maker Rambus. Under those terms, Rambus will not be fined and will not be found liable for any wrongdoing. In exchange, the Reuters sources says, Rambus will offer some of its products at a reduced royalty rate, and the rights to fabricate some of its older products for free, for five years beginning in 2010.
If the settlement is announced as anticipated, U.S. regulators (who fought and lost) may wonder whether their brethren across the pond (who fought and settled) are better poker players than they are.