November 1, 2006 |
Sony Corp. of Japan said Tuesday that the U.S. Justice Department was probing its electronics unit as part of an industrywide investigation into sales of a particular type of memory chip. The news could spell more trouble for a company already stung by sinking profit, a global battery recall and product delays. Sony said it received a subpoena from the Justice Department's antitrust division seeking information about the company's static random access memory, or SRAM, business.
July 15, 2005 |
Rambus Inc. said second-quarter profit fell 36% because of higher legal costs racked up as the memory chip designer sued rivals to protect its patents. Net income fell to $5.36 million, or 5 cents a share, from $8.32 million, or 8 cents, a year earlier. Sales jumped 14% to $40 million. Los Altos, Calif.-based Rambus sued Samsung Electronics Co. for alleged license infringement June 6, adding a new case to legal battles with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Micron Technology Inc.
October 7, 2003 |
The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for Rambus Inc., a maker of computer chip interface technology, to proceed with its patent-infringement lawsuit against Infineon Technologies and take its case to a jury. The justices rejected Infineon's bid to end the suit and reinstate a jury finding that Rambus committed fraud while pursuing patents for high-speed chips that became an industry standard. Los Altos, Calif.
May 3, 2002 |
Worldwide computer chip sales fell 25% in March from a year ago, the smallest decline since last June, thanks to a resumption of sales to personal computer makers. But compared with February, chip sales rose 7.2%, the highest month-to-month increase in 16 years. Sales totaled $10.75 billion in March, down from $14.41 billion in March 2001 but up from $10.03 billion in February, the Semiconductor Industry Assn. said Thursday. Chip makers such as Intel Corp., Texas Instruments Inc.
January 3, 2002 |
Hynix Semiconductor Inc., the third-largest maker of computer memory chips, said Wednesday that it raised prices for the third time in less than a month as demand improved, providing hope that a steep industry sales downturn may have finally bottomed out. The news had an immediate effect on the shares of Hynix competitors, all of which posted strong gains Wednesday. Hynix raised long-term contract prices for memory chips by 30%, spokeswoman Kang In Young said. She didn't provide more details.
March 27, 2008 |
Rambus Inc. scored a key victory Wednesday in its nearly decade-old fight with memory chip makers when a jury found that the company did not engage in monopolistic behavior by patenting technologies that eventually became standard in memory chips. Shares of the Los Altos, Calif.-based company shot up $7.25, or nearly 39%, to $25.86 during regular-session trading on the news. They gained an additional $1.02 after hours.
December 5, 2006 |
NEC Electronics America Inc. and Elpida Memory Inc. agreed to pay a total of $50.7 million to resolve lawsuits claiming they conspired to fix prices of computer memory chips. The agreements settled private antitrust lawsuits filed over sales of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chips in the U.S. from 1999 to 2002, according to papers filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco.
December 31, 2003 |
Shares of Rambus Inc., which sells computer memory chip designs, rose 12% on Tuesday after analysts said competitor Micron Technology Inc. may have to pay the company to settle potential price-fixing charges. People familiar with the probe said Monday that Micron, as part of a deal to win amnesty from prosecution by the Justice Department, may admit it conspired with rivals to manipulate chip prices. An agreement could help Los Altos, Calif.-based Rambus, said Erach Desai, an American Technology Research analyst.
February 7, 2005 |
Rambus Inc., a designer of high-speed computer memory chips, held annual "shred days" to destroy evidence related to its patent litigation plans and then tried to cover up its actions, a lawyer for Infineon Technologies alleged. Infineon wants U.S. District Judge Robert Payne to throw out a patent-infringement lawsuit Rambus filed against the German chip maker. The trial is set to begin Feb. 22 in Richmond, Va.
May 11, 2005 |
The U.S. Justice Department's top antitrust official said Tuesday that he would resign next month, leaving key decisions -- including two pending phone company mergers -- for a successor. As assistant attorney general in charge of federal antitrust enforcement for more than two years, R. Hewitt Pate emphasized criminal prosecution of companies and executives accused of price fixing and other illegal behavior rather than pursuit of lawsuits over monopolistic behavior. Atty. Gen. Alberto R.