Chip Makers Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Flash Memory

Law360, New York (March 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The world’s big semiconductor makers, already facing antitrust allegations over prices for LCDs, DRAM and SRAM technology, have been hit with a suit claiming price-fixing in the flash memory chip market.

According to the suit, filed March 1 in the Northern District of California, Samsung, Hynix, Hitachi and the other big players have secretly conspired to keep flash memory chip prices artificially inflated since January 1999.

But Joseph Unsworth, a principal semiconductor analyst at Gartner Inc., says the suit is “completely unfounded” because prices had plunged...
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