FTC charges Rambus with anti-trust violations

— 11:35 AM on June 19, 2002

We already knew Rambus was in trouble, but that trouble just got a whole lot deeper today: the Federal Trade Commission has charged Rambus with violations of U.S. anti-trust regulations.

The technology concerns synchronous dynamic random access memory, a type of memory used in computers that is supposed to be faster than standard DRAM chips.

The FTC's complaint contains three separate but related counts. It aims to prevent Rambus from enforcing any domestic and foreign SDRAM patents filed for prior to when Rambus withdrew from the group formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council.

Obviously, this is the most serious legal problem for Rambus yet.
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