Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron were accused of conspiring to manipulate the DRAM market, and the US court rejected the ruling

“Bloomberg” reported that the California law firm Hagens Berman sued Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, Micron and other leading DRAM companies from 2016 to 2018 for conspiring to monopolize and increase market prices and harm consumers’ interests. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed the appeal .

Hagens Berman said that based on the 2017 market survey, three companies, Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and Micron, which control 96% of the global DRAM market, conspired to monopolize, and artificially increased the DRAM market, in violation of the “Anti-Monopoly Law” against these companies. file a lawsuit. The firm stated that the basis for the complaint is that Samsung sent a signal to other companies to increase DRAM prices in early 2016, coupled with the simultaneous reduction of DRAM manufacturers’ equipment investment during the same period, the high threshold of the memory market, the monopoly of a few companies, and the easier collusion and conspiracy.

Hagens Berman said that DRAM manufacturers have been punished for suspected joint conspiracy. Samsung and SK Hynix were fined $300 million and $185 million respectively by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly manipulating prices, and management was also fined up to 14 months. imprisonment.

Hagens Berman filed three class action lawsuits in 2018, 2019 and 2021. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision relates to a 2019 lawsuit in the Oakland District Court for the Northern District of California. The Auckland District Court at the time rejected Hagens Berman’s claim to fix DRAM prices for “failure to draw reasonable inferences”.

The Court of Appeal said the district court’s decision that the defendant’s conduct was a legitimate gain in the free market was appropriate in principle. Even if the defendant does so in the plaintiff’s favor, it does not constitute conclusive evidence. Following the decision, the DRAM maker is expected to escape four years of litigation as the 2018 lawsuit was dismissed in 2020. There are still people in the semiconductor industry in the market saying that the DRAM market is monopolized by the three major companies, and the monopoly of pricing has become a problem for thousands of years.

NAND Flash spot price rebounds, module makers raise prices of consumer products

The spot price of storage flash memory (NAND Flash) stopped falling and rebounded. As suppliers raised their quotations across the board, memory module manufacturers also followed suit and raised the prices of NAND Flash consumer products.

Memory module manufacturers said that raw materials were contaminated in the NAND Flash production line jointly established by KIOXIA (KIOXIA) and WD (WD), which quickly reversed the oversupply of the NAND Flash market.

As soon as the incident occurred, the memory module factory suspended quotations to clarify the impact of the incident. As NAND Flash suppliers such as Witton announced price increases one after another, module manufacturers also followed up to increase the prices of some products.

The industry pointed out that the quotation of NAND Flash has increased by about 5%, and the price of consumer products has been quickly reflected, and the price increase has been followed up simultaneously, and the price of industrial control related products has not been adjusted yet.

Powered by Qualcomm S870 processor, OPPO’s first Android tablet specifications revealed

Rumor has it that Chinese cell phone maker OPPO is going to launch an Android tablet as well. Although no official news has been released so far, someone has already found the suspected OPPO Android tablet in the Geekbench database.

According to the website “mysmartprice”, OPPO is developing its first Android tablet, the OPPO Pad, which according to previous reports will be launched in the Indian market in early 2022. OPD2101.

The database shows that the OPPO Pad comes with Android 11 as the factory default OS, which may be a little disappointing for users since Android 12 has been out for some time, but the OPPO Pad still only comes with Android 11 as the default OS.

The data also shows that the OPPO Pad is powered by Qualcomm S870 chip and has 6GB of RAM.

There are also rumors that the OPPO Pad may be equipped with an LCD display that offers a maximum 120Hz screen update rate. As for the camera, the OPPO Pad may come with an 8MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear-facing main camera.