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Micron reacts to Rambus suit

Micron Technology has promised to defend itself against an antitrust lawsuit filed by Rambus against the company and three other computer memory suppliers.

Micron said that although it had yet to see the suit filed in a US court, it believed the lawsuit is an attempt by Rambus to divert attention away from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) suit against Rambus for alleged antitrust violations.

The other DRam (dynamic Ram) suppliers named in the Rambus suit are Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies and Siemens.

In the latest series of Rambus lawsuits, the company contended that executives from the accused suppliers colluded to keep Rambus' RDRam (Rambus dynamic Ram) product - designed as an alternative to conventional DRam technology - from becoming a mainstream memory technology by illegally setting cost parameters and restricting output in the hopes of inflating the price of RDRam products.

Rambus does not manufacture memory chips, but rather licenses its designs to other companies.

Micron spokesman Dave Parker said Rambus failed in the marketplace because of excessive manufacturing costs and minimal RDRam demand.

He added that a number of suppliers continue to produce RDRam products, although the worldwide demand remains limited, and added that Rambus is trying to blame the market failure of its RDRam technology on others.

Infineon said that the company also planned a robust defence against the latest  Rambus suit, while Siemens spokesman Thomas Weber said that the company could not comment on the lawsuit.

Representatives from Hynix Semiconductor could not be reached for comment.

Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service


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