Back in 1990, Rambus developed what they stated was a new type of DRAM memory chip, which the company hoped would appeal to those seeking memory that could keep up with faster processors. Unfortunately the memory never had a chance to prove itself, since it appears that the company could of been the victim of illegal activities by other chip makers. The company claims that South Korean-based Samsung Electronics and Hynix Semiconductor, as well as Micron Technology of Idaho all conspired to sabotage the Rambus company, causing the company to lose countless Billions of dollars.
In a recent news article it also stated that:
Incorporated in 1990, Rambus developed a new technology for dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chips, which provide high-speed storage and retrieval of data from personal computers and other gadgets. Rambus claims its design enabled the chips to keep up with the increasing speed of advanced microprocessors, which serve as the brains of personal computers. And it persuaded a number of chip makers to license its technology in the 1990s.
But then, the company alleges, Hynix, Samsung and Micron — which were pushing an alternative DRAM design they believed would yield them more profit — tried to make Rambus’ version unattractive to computer makers by conspiring to limit the supply and boost the price of chips based on Rambus’ architecture.
And there was this:
If Rambus wins, it could reap up to $12.9 billion in damages.
It makes one wonder how the courts will rule on this one. Some critics claim that Rambus is crying foul because they couldn’t compete in the memory market. I do recall when Rambus was being used that the prices for were almost double of other RAM.