Rambus claims its technology was stifled
Rambus has filed
a civil complaint in San Francisco accusing DRAM makers of conspiring to sabotage RDRAM's chances by artificially inflating chip prices and actively promoting alternatives. According to the complaint, which names Hynix, Infineon, and Micron, Rambus feels that it was deprived of royalties that could have topped $1 billion.
The complaint went on to cite specific "illegal acts to stop Rambus." These include: restricting production of RDRAM, overstating production costs, breaching production commitments to computer makers Dell and Compaq, inflating the RDRAM prices and shifting resources to competing SDRAM and DDR technologies, the complaint said.
This could get interesting.