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Elpida goes down with its other price fixing pals

Elpida today plead guilty to DRAM price fixing under an agreement reached with the US Justice Department. Under the agreement, the company will pay a total fine of $84 million.

Elpida now joins its partners in crime which include Hynix, Infineon, Micron, and Samsung. Those company faced fines ranging from Infineon's $160 million to Samsung's fine of a whopping $300 million (second largest in US antitrust history).

Tokyo-based Elpida admitted to violations of U.S. antitrust laws in connection with its DRAM sales from April 1999 through June 2002. Included are sales made by NEC Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. prior to the commencement of Elpida's sales operation.

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My money
By igloo15 on 1/30/2006 6:14:45 PM , Rating: 2
Will I get to see any of that money? Probably not but i can hope!

RE: My money
By gersson on 1/30/2006 6:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
Hehe who knows. As for the punishment, I think they shouldn't be allowed to continue their business here. Corporations that screw over their clients = evil.

Does Rambus get some of this money
By michaelpatrick33 on 1/30/2006 9:17:55 PM , Rating: 1
Now Rambus looks like it wasn't the great evil that everyone made it out to be. Yes, their sneaky way of getting DRAM patents was pretty awful but we now know why RIMMS were so expensive. Maybe people will think twice about their RIMMS are so expensive and high latency (should never have been cobbled to the PIII) argument. It appears Rambus did get hosed by the memory makers. Interesting. I own no and have never had a RIMM in my life (or any console with Rambus technology in it).

By shadowninja52 on 1/30/2006 9:50:05 PM , Rating: 2
I have been trying to tell people for a couple of years on xbitlabs that Rambus got hosed. Dude i hope Rambus takes the Dram makers to task.

My god im sick od DDR and its iterations it is time for another memmory format to challenge it. Bring on competion. Bring on XDRAM!

By codeThug on 1/30/2006 6:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Nooooo... Really? Price fixing in this day and age...

Dell did something good for once
By Slaimus on 1/30/2006 10:22:27 PM , Rating: 2
This would not have been uncovered if it weren't for Dell.

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