Rambus: Friend or Foe?

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Rambus: Friend or Foe?

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ILLUSTRATION: JOHN HERSEY

Julius Caesar might have sympathized. On 15 March, the proverbial Ides, shareholders of the semiconductor design firm Rambus Inc. looked on in shock as their stock went into free fall, losing nearly half its value in a single day. The cause: a news report hinting that the Los Altos, Calif., firm's looming patent infringement suit against Infineon Technologies AG, of Munich, had hit a snag. Rumor had it that the judge was about to accept Infineon's definitions of certain technical terms in the four patents under dispute. What sent the stock southward, though, was not so much the specifics, but the growing sense that Rambus' entire legal case was unraveling.

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