Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Last week Larry Ellison said he wanted to buy chip companies, this week he’s suing one.
After buying Sun, Oracle has resurrected earlier litigation Sun brought against DRAM makers for overcharging for DRAM.
Oracle is now going for Micron which did the American equivalent of turning Queen’s Evidence in the 2002 US DoJ action against Micron, Hynix, Samsung, Elpida and Infineon which saw the last four companies get fined $731 million.
In return for its co-operation with the DoJ, Micron got off scot-free. Or so it thought until yesterday.
Now that the DRAM makers are stuffed with windfall profits, Oracle presumably sees an opportunity to go for one of the DRAM companies it hasn’t sued before.
Litigious lot the Yanks.Tags: american equivalent, dram makers, hynix, infineon, litigation