IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST), announced today the issuance of U.S. Patent Number. 9,128,632 (the '632) and corresponding Chinese patent (CN 102576565) relating to signal timing in Netlist's distributed buffer architecture and U.S. Patent Number 9,158,684 (the '684) relating to the architecture of hybrid memory devices.
The signal timing in the distributed buffer architecture claimed in the '632 was invented by Netlist and incorporated into its HyperCloud® product at DDR3 and then, years later, adopted by the broader industry for DDR4 LRDIMM. Netlist holds seminal patents covering this architecture including U.S. Pat. No. 8,516,185, which in 2015, prevailed against multiple Inter Partes Review (IPR) petitions from SanDisk and Smart Modular challenging its validity. The State Intellectual Property Office of the PRC has also granted Netlist's corresponding Chinese patent (CN 102576565) on the distributed buffer architecture, and related patent applications are currently pending in other foreign patent offices.
The '684 patent adds to a growing list of fundamental hybrid memory patents, including U.S. Patent Numbers 8,301,833, and 8,516,187, both of which also prevailed against multiple IPR petitions from SanDisk and Smart Modular last year. Netlist's hybrid memory portfolio arose out of the development of its NVvault™ technology nearly a decade ago - years ahead of the industry. Today this technology broadly covers the design of Non-Volatile DIMMs (NVDIMMs), such as the NVvault®, ULLtraDIMM, and Netlist's next-generation Storage Class Memory product HyperVault®.
"Netlist's ground-breaking innovation over the years has made possible some of the most promising products in the memory business in terms of their potential for growth and profitability," said Netlist Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing, Noel Whitley. "This track record of innovation is reflected in the strength and breadth of our patent portfolio. We will continue to leverage our intellectual property for our products business, as well as to capture additional licensing opportunities in areas such as LRDIMM, High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), and SSDs."
About Netlist, Inc. Netlist creates solutions that accelerate turning data into information. We design and manufacture controller and software-based memory solutions for our OEM and Hyperscale customers in the server and storage space. Flagship products NVvault® and EXPRESSvault™ accelerate system performance and provide mission critical fault tolerance. HyperVault®, Netlist's next-generation architecture, expands the performance and capacity of memory channel storage. The company holds a portfolio of patents, many seminal, in the area of hybrid memory, rank multiplication and load-reduction, among others. To learn more, visit www.netlist.com.
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