WASHINGTON TARGETS SAMSUNG CHIPS ..AGAIN

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WASHINGTON TARGETS SAMSUNG CHIPS ..AGAIN

 user 2006-10-25 at 1:58:00 pm Views: 67
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    Washington targets top chipmakers
    US
    authorities have launched another investigation into the sales and
    marketing practices used by firms in the computer memory chip
    industry.Samsung and Cypress Seminconductor, makers of Static Random
    Access Memory (SRAM) chips, are helping with the Department of Justice
    (DOJ) enquiries.A previous crackdown on the Dynamic Random Access
    Memory (DRAM) chip market found evidence of price fixing.It saw more
    than $731m (£394m) in fines given to 12 people and four firms.The two
    firms, among the biggest chipmakers in the world, have both confirmed
    that they are in contact with the DOJ about the latest investigation,
    into SRAM chips.

    Prior concerns
    The investigation will be
    undertaken by the Department’s Antitrust Division, although it is not
    clear whether the enquiries are focussed on price-fixing, dumping or
    other practices.Earlier this year three executives at Samsung were
    sentenced to between seven and eight months in prison and fined
    $250,000 (£143,000) each after a probe into price fixing in the DRAM
    chip industry.Other chipmakers fined as a result of that investigation
    were Elphida, Infineon and Hynix.The case was seen as a mark of the US
    government’s determination to maintain competitive pricing in the
    chipmaking sector.SRAM chips provide rapid access to data in computer
    and telephone networks.The much bigger DRAM market specialises in
    lower-performance chips that store data while a device is turned on.