Profile: Rambus Inc (RMBS.O)
16 Nov 2018
Rambus Inc. (Rambus), incorporated on February 3, 1997, produces hardware and software technologies. The Company offers chips, customizable Internet protocol (IP) cores, licenses, software, services and others. The Company's segments include Memory and Interface Division (MID), which focuses the design, development, manufacturing through partnerships and licensing of technology and solutions that is related to memory and interfaces; Rambus Security Division (RSD), which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technologies for chip and system security, anti-counterfeiting, smart ticketing and mobile payments; Emerging Solutions Division (ESD), which encompasses its long-term research and development efforts in the area of emerging technologies, and Rambus Lighting Division (RLD), which focuses on the design, development and licensing of technologies for lighting. It collaborates with application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and System-on-Chip (SoC) designers, foundries, IP developers, processor companies, electronic design automation (EDA) companies and validation laboratories. Its inventions are integrated into a range of devices and systems, powering and securing various applications, including Big Data, Internet of Things, mobile, consumer and media platforms.
Memory and Interface Division
The MID focuses on four main areas: mobile memory, server-based memory, serial link designs and custom solutions. The primary markets for these technologies include dynamic random access memory (DRAM) devices; Not And (NAND) devices; SoC devices; silicon physical IP, and memory buffer chips. In these markets, memory interfaces, serial link transitions, processor and SoC microarchitecture transitions or overall process technology node transitions provide opportunities. Its IP core licensing program offers a suite of memory and Serializer/Deserializer Physical Layer Protocol (SerDes PHY) solutions that are applicable to a range of applications ranging from servers and networking to consumer and mobile. Its solutions are designed into systems bought by OEMs.
The Company licenses both directly to ASIC design houses and to semiconductor foundries that, in turn, sell to OEMs, or to OEMs directly. It offers Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2), Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) and Double Data Rate 4 (DDR4) chipsets for Registered Dual In-Line Memory Module (RDIMM) and Load-Reduced Dual Inline Memory Module (LRDIMM) server modules that support the data center and enterprise server infrastructure markets. The Company sells its semiconductor products directly and indirectly to module manufacturers and OEMs around the world through multiple channels, including its direct sales force and distributors.
Rambus Security Division
The RSD offers a suite of products and services from differential power analysis (DPA) countermeasures and cores to its CryptoManager solution, mobile payments and smart ticketing. It owns a portfolio of inventions and technology solutions for creating secure tamper-resistant electronic devices and systems. These DPA countermeasures are critical in protecting devices against side channel attacks, such as differential power analysis, which involve monitoring the variations in power consumption or electromagnetic emissions of a device. In addition, its hardware-based cores provide a hardware-based solution to protect electronics systems from side-channel attacks, counterfeiting, piracy and other forms of attack. In addition to the DPA countermeasures portfolio, it has developed technologies, designs and development tools for building cryptographic semiconductor cores.
The CryptoManager platform provides chip and device companies with a hardware for their SoCs, as well as an Infrastructure Suite for end-to-end security throughout the SoC design and manufacturing process. The CryptoManager platform has been developed with a services-based architecture that enables a secure, two-way communication channel across the manufacturing stages. The platform is designed to support the enablement of in-field provisioning and downstream services, such as media, ticketing and mobile payments. For consumers, mobile wallets provide a tap and go frictionless commerce experience, integrating credit cards, loyalty points and gift cards. For retailers, mobile wallets offer businesses the ability to engage users with an in-application experience. For banks, mobile wallets offer protection from fraud, and customer engagement and loyalty. Its mobile payment solutions are offered to financial institutions through software license agreements.
The Company's smart ticketing technology combines back-office processing and analytics systems with Web portals, mobile applications and smart cards to deliver solutions to transport operators and local authorities. Data analytics enable optimization of smart transport schemes through access to real-world travel data, with management of transaction data to ensure reimbursements. Its smart ticketing solutions are offered to public transit authorities in the United Kingdom.
Emerging Solutions Division
The ESD segment encompasses its long-term research and development efforts in emerging technologies, including its lensless smart sensor and smart data acceleration research programs, as well as memory solutions and cryogenic computing. ESD programs are generally at the research and pre-commercial stages and may involve collaboration with government entities, universities and industry partners.
Rambus Lighting Division
The Company's inventions combine its TruEdge light-emitting diode (LED) Coupling with its MicroLens optics. Its light guides are available as off-the-shelf or customized designs that are optimized to specific customer and application requirements by varying the size, shape and density of the MicroLens optics. Manufactured by its global lighting partners or at its facility in Brecksville, Ohio, its light guides can support both flat and curved designs in a range of lighting applications. In addition, fixture prototype designs that combine its optical inventions, design engineering and manufacturing support services are also available to lighting system companies and fixture manufacturers around the world.
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