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February 9, 2012

Rambus buys Unity Semiconductor

Expands the breadth of Rambus’ memory technologies

By CBR Staff Writer

Technology licensing company Rambus announced it has acquired privately-held memory technology company Unity Semiconductor.

The acquisition will expand the breadth of Rambus’ memory technologies and will open up new markets for licensing.

Under the acquisition, the Unity team members have joined Rambus to continue developing innovations and offerings for next-generation non-volatile memory.

Unity has developed a solid state memory technology to replace NAND in the growing non-volatile memory market and the devices using Unity’s CMOx cell technology are expected to achieve higher density, faster performance, lower manufacturing costs and greater data reliability than NAND Flash.

Rambus Semiconductor Business Group senior vice-president and general manager Sharon Holt said Rambus is creating disruptive technologies to enable future electronic products.

"With the addition of Unity, we can develop non-volatile memory solutions that will advance semiconductor scaling beyond the limits of today’s NAND technology. This will enable new memory architectures that help meet ever-increasing consumer demands," said Holt.

Unity Semiconductor president and chief executive officer David Eggleston said Rambus provides Unity the perfect environment to continue the technology development of non-volatile memory cells and architectures.

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"Our comprehensive set of design, process and device solutions will complement Rambus’ existing strong technology portfolio and system capabilities," said Eggleston.

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