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November 25, 2011

Rambus loses price fixing case against Hynix, Micron

Jury ruled that Micron and Hynix did not conspire to fix prices

By CBR Staff Writer

A San Francisco jury rejected Rambus allegations against chip-makers Micron Technology and Hynix Semiconductor, saying that they didn’t conspire to fix prices of memory chips in order to hike the prices of products for which Rambus licenses the rights.

Rambus, which designs technology used in memory chips, had been seeking about $4bn in damages. If the jury had ruled in favour of the company, the award would have tripled under California law.

The jury determined that Micron and Hynix did not conspire among themselves or with Infineon Technologies or Samsung Electronics to fix prices and keep Rambus out of the market, as alleged by Rambus.

The jury also found that neither company conspired to harm Rambus’ relationship with Intel.

In a statement, Rambus CEO Harold Hughes said his company was disappointed with the verdict.

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