, Hynix, Infineon
, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba
, Elpida and Nanya. Ten companies, some of which you have definitely heard of before, all of which are being hit with some very bad news this week from the European Union. The European Commission branch this week handed down their first settlement in an ongoing investigation into cartel-like activities between these parties, which purportedly helped to "fix prices" in order to keep DRAM prices artificially high.
This isn't completely unusual. We have also seen big-name companies in the LCD
world hit with similar fines, and the EU never takes kindly to things of this matter. Micron, it should be noted, is being spared of a fine, simply because they "revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission." Honesty, rewarded. All told, the other guys are splitting up a whopping €331 fine (around $415 million), and it comes after all of them confessed to being a part of the whole scheme.
The full details of the process and splits are linked below, but suffice it to say, we doubt these guys will be trying this little trick again anytime soon. Can we get a round of applause for the EU for keeping these giants in check? Now, off to find that ultra-cheap RAM for our gaming rig...