Originally Posted by A Bad Day
No, it was because Rambus introduced a product that was only somewhat better than the DDR versions, and priced it extremely high.
Intel stated in their press release that Rambus' engineers were incompetent. Usually companies don't do that kind of a bad-mouthing at former partners, unless if they're blaming them for the failures, or were just frustrated.
They had no choice in the price it was proven in court that Samsung and the other manufactures all colluded to price fix DDR selling it below their cost to lock in the standardization of PC main memory to DDR and to artificially inflate the manufacturing cost of the RDRAM. This is ILLEGAL.
Micron and Hynix were accused of abusing agreements made in the 1990s to manufacture RDRAM by inflating its price and suppressing availability, eventually leading Intel to turn away from adopting and promoting Rambus memory as an industry standard.
In 2004, Infineon pled guilty to colluding with other DRAM makers to fix the price of DRAM between 1999 and 2002, and agreed to pay fines for the practice. Hynix and Samsung followed in 2005 with their own settlements, and some Micron employees even went to jail over price-fixing scandal. Now the Japanese memory maker Elpida joins the roster of confirmed perpetrators with their recent guilty plea in the same price fixing case.
Edited by Nightingale - 5/25/13 at 8:20am
January 2006, Infineon, Hynix, Samsung and Elpida have all pled guilty to DRAM fixing and paid fines of $160 million, $185 million, $300 million and $84 million while sending executives to jail for prison times of several month