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Courtroom Victory Could Mean Big Payouts for Rambus

Rambus has won a patent-related trial against three semiconductor companies. The long legal battle may not be entirely finished for the technology developer, however. Put in basketball terms, Wednesday's victory was more a three-point shot with a minute remaining than a last-minute slam dunk. A jury...

EU Gives Thumbs-Up to Intel, STMicro Flash Memory Partnership

Regulators from the European Union have given their blessing for a plan by Intel and STMicroelectronics to spin off and combine their respective flash memory chip units. The proposal, which also calls for a major cash infusion from a private equity firm, would not pose an unfair risk to competition ...

Sun Strikes Again With DRAM Price-Fixing Suit

Although a federal judge dismissed its lawsuit last Thursday, Sun Microsystems now says it will refile the suit against Hynix Semiconductor and other makers of DRAM chips for what it says was illegal price-fixing. Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed Sun's complaint because she said she needed more info...

FTC Orders Rambus to License Chips in Price-Fixing Probe

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday ordered DRAM chipmaker Rambus to license its technology to third parties and capped the amount the company can charge others for using the technology -- penalties stemming from a long-running antitrust probe. The FTC's remedy is designed to correct "effects of ...

LCD Price-Fixing Probe Widens

Antitrust regulators in the U.S., South Korea and Japan are investigating whether major providers of LCD technology engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Shares of LCD makers such as LG.Philips and Samsung Electronics plummeted in overseas trading after news broke that both Japanese and U.S. regulat...

Japanese Chipmaker Elpida Pays Fine to End Price-Fixing Investigation

Moving a nearly two-year-long investigation and prosecution closer to its conclusion, Japanese chipmaker Elpida has agreed to pay US$84 million to end charges that it conspired with other firms to fix prices. Elpida agreed to plead guilty to conspiring with other manufacturers to set prices of dynam...

NAND Pushes Semiconductor Revenues to Historic $235 Billion

Worldwide semiconductor revenue will total US$235 billion in 2005, a 6.9 percent increase from 2004, according to the latest Gartner Group data. This will be the first time that the semiconductor industry has surpassed the previous record-setting year in 2000 when revenue reached $223 billion. "Stro...

Worldwide DRAM Revenue Increased 20 Percent

Worldwide dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) revenue reached US$6.7 billion in the second quarter of 2004, a 19.8 percent increase from the first quarter of this year, according to preliminary results by Gartner. Hynix Semiconductor moved into the number two position in the second quarter of 2004 w...

Feds Eye Price-Fixing Allegations Against RAM Makers

The U.S. federal government is moving forward with civil -- and possibly criminal -- cases against major makers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. The cases are being investigated on both coasts. The Federal Trade Commission this week disclosed in court documents released in Washington, D...

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