Hitachi Ltd. said Friday it has settled a semiconductor patent dispute with U.S. chip maker Rambus Inc. by agreeing to pay a licensing fee to Rambus for the use of its technology.

The contract allows Hitachi to use the random-access-memory chip technology of the chip maker, based in the California city of Mountain View. Rambus is listed on the U.S. Nasdaq market.

In March this year, Rambus sued Hitachi at the International Trade Commission, a U.S. federal government agency, alleging that Hitachi had impinged on its patent.

The lawsuit concerned technology used in semiconductor chips that Hitachi supplied to Sega Enterprises Ltd. for use in its sophisticated Dreamcast video game consoles.