Lengthy court battles between Rambus and Samsung have concluded in a settlement -- the latter agreeing to pay Rambus a total of $900 million
. The payment begins with $200 million up front, followed by $25 million paid every quarter for five years. The victory wasn't completely one-sided, with Samsung also signing a licensing agreement with Rambus for graphics and memory technologies.
Rambus has made a name for themselves in the courts, pursuing many large companies in the past few years for supposed copyright or patent infringements. Their habit of throwing the book at companies like Nvidia
and many others, has left them with a tarnished reputation. Some argue that the company is making a business out of lawsuits, but they do still license much of their technology, such as the XDR RAM found inside the PS3.