Rambus Inc. operates as a technology solutions company in South Korea, the United States, Japan, Europe, Canada, Asia, and internationally. Business Units The company has four business units: Memory and Interfaces Division, or MID, which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technology that is related to memory and interfaces; Cryptography Research, Inc., or CRI, which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technologies for chip and system security and anti-counterfeiting; Lighting and Display Technologies, or LDT, which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technologies for lighting; and Chief Technology Office, or CTO, which focuses on the design, development and productization of emerging technologies. Solutions The company’s solutions license offerings include a range of technologies for incorporation into its customers' products and systems. The company also offers a range of services as part of its solutions licenses which can include know-how and technology transfer, product design and development, system integration, and other services. Memory and Interfaces There are three main areas of focus in its MID: mobile memory, server memory and links, and custom solutions. The main markets for these memory types include memory, System-on-a-Chip (SoCs) that connect to memory (DRAM controllers), and SoCs that use high-speed serial link interfaces. The company has developed technologies, advanced designs, and development tools for building high-performance and low-power memory and serial-link interface cores for semiconductor chips. The company develops both proprietary and industry-standard interfaces that the company provides to its customers under solutions license agreements. The company also offers a range of services as part of its solutions licenses which can include know-how and technology transfer, product design and development, system integration, and other services. In January 2013, the company introduced a set of solutions under the name R+ enhanced standard solutions. Also in January 2013, the company announced the R+ solution, the R+ LPDDR3 memory architecture. Chip and System Security Technology The company owns a portfolio of patented inventions and technology solutions that are needed for creating secure tamper-resistant electronic devices and systems. For DPA countermeasures, its business model is to provide a combination of patent licenses, technology, consulting services (training, evaluation, and design), and test equipment. In addition to the DPA countermeasures portfolio, the company has developed technologies, expertise, advanced designs, and development tools for building highly secure cryptographic semiconductor cores. The company provides semiconductor cores under its CryptoFirewall brand. For CryptoFirewall cores, its most common business model is to partner with chip manufacturers to integrate its technology, and then license it to downstream customers. LDT The company’s technology allows customers to spread the point source of light emitted from an LED over a large area. The company focuses on resources and effort to help its customers bring new products to market under solutions license agreements. Strategy The company’s strategy is to evolve from providing primarily patent licenses to providing additional technology, products and services while creating and leveraging strategic synergies to increase revenue. Research and Development As of December 31, 2013, the company’s research and development expenses were $118.0 million. Patents and Intellectual Property Protection The company maintains and supports an active program to protect its intellectual property, primarily through the filing of patent applications and the defense of issued patents against infringement. As of December 31, 2013, the company had 1,837 U.S. and foreign patents on various aspects of its technology, with expiration dates ranging from 2013 to 2037, and have 837 pending patent applications. These patents and patent applications cover important inventions in semiconductor, lighting, display, security and other technologies. Significant Events In April 2014, At the Linley Tech Mobile Conference 2014, Rambus Director Ajay Jain will participate in a session demonstrating recent innovative mobile memory solutions for smartphones and tablets, targeting a mid-range market segment that continues to be among the fastest-growing in mobile computing. History Rambus Inc. was founded in 1990.
rambus inc (RMBS:NASDAQ GS)
1050 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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