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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

The effect are longer term and are not quite so direct....
While it is true companies will no longer have to pay a few millions in royalties, these companies are selling billions in products. Any savings to consumers will be nickles and dimes. Like most patent lawsuits and royalties, each individual case has a very limited impact on consumers due to the sheer number of contracts.
However, companies no longer have to fear litigation so that leaves more room for innovation.
It is the big picture that really matters.

Yea, I figured it is mere pennies per individual item, so probably no change for consumers, but it does allow companies the ability to use those extra funds for more R&D (hopefully).
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Well, there goes their business model.
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post #13 of 26
Score one for consumers, this type of things frees up manufacturers to produce more innovative products without worrying some piece of engineering is going to get them sued.

We should make some major changes to copyright law, namely that you either have to sell a product or service using your patents or offer them up for lic. at set flat rates. Take the guess work out this stuff and stop companies from being patent trolls, like the biggest patent troll of them all, Intellectual Ventures.
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Wasn't Rambus developing a new memory platform? Whatever. RDRAM was crazy fast and crazy expensive. Wasn't much faster in real world applications because of bottlenecks.

They have been patent trolling since they were created anyway.
    
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Originally Posted by aksthem1 View Post

Wasn't Rambus developing a new memory platform? Whatever. RDRAM was crazy fast and crazy expensive. Wasn't much faster in real world applications because of bottlenecks.
They have been patent trolling since they were created anyway.

It wasn't much faster in the real world because while it was clocked much faster than SDRAM, it was 16bit vs 64bit and had much higher latencies. XDR and XDR2 RAM fixed that but I don't think they'd have any chance of catching on.
    
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It wasn't much faster in the real world because while it was clocked much faster than SDRAM, it was 16bit vs 64bit and had much higher latencies. XDR and XDR2 RAM fixed that but I don't think they'd have any chance of catching on.

XDR2 may have a chance in the GPU space...
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XDR2 would be absolutely brilliant in an AMD APU.
    
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post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

The effect are longer term and are not quite so direct....
While it is true companies will no longer have to pay a few millions in royalties, these companies are selling billions in products. Any savings to consumers will be nickles and dimes. Like most patent lawsuits and royalties, each individual case has a very limited impact on consumers due to the sheer number of contracts.
However, companies no longer have to fear litigation so that leaves more room for innovation.
It is the big picture that really matters.

putting things into the proper perspective effectively as always
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post #19 of 26
Why exactly were the patents invalidated?

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post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by exnihilo View Post

Why exactly were the patents invalidated?
cg

They've got it in the article, with links to each of them.
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The patents -- U.S. Patents 6,470,405; 6,591,353; and 7,287,109 -- dealt with methods for sending data to memory on a personal computer device.
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