A Washington state organization sued Nokia Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Panasonic Corp. of North America and Matsushita Electrical Industrial Co. Ltd. for making and selling Bluetooth products that infringe on at least one patent
Rambus Inc. has added another memory chip maker, Toshiba Corp., to the stable of companies finally agreeing to pay a contentious licensing fee for its SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) and DDR (double data rate) SDRAM memory technology.
Japan plans to impose countervailing duties on DRAM (dynamic RAM) computer chips made by Hynix Semiconductor Inc., alleging that low-cost loans from state-controlled banks a few years ago amounted to unfair subsidies for the chip maker, a move similar to duties announced years ago by the U.S. and European Union (EU).
The global semiconductor industry appears to be well on the mend after several months in the doldrums, with some major companies raising their forecasts for the current quarter, mainly because people are buying more notebook computers and mobile phones.
Chinese contract chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) hopes to bring a swift end to allegations of trade-secret misappropriation by arguing that U.S. courts do not have jurisdiction over several charges contained in a lawsuit brought against it by rival chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC).