THE MARATHON COURT case between the Federal Trade Commission and memory company Rambus meant ex-employee Richard Crisp was quizzed by FTC lawyers yesterday.
Apparently the FTC lawyer tried to nail Crisp on a question that's central to its case, that is the allegation that Rambus was essentially stringing the JEDEC memory committee along on SDRAM patents while the matter was still under discussion, and all the time registering patents covering the technology.
But we understand that Crisp stuck to his guns and said that while he was aware of his then company's patents, he nor his company had any intention of deceiving JEDEC.
And our old friend "Secret Squirrel" also came up in the interrogation yesterday.
Yesterday the FTC also asked Crisp about destruction of JEDEC documents. Crisp said that while he destroyed paper documents, he kept electronic communications on his own machine or on the Rambus machine. The thrust of the FTC's questioning appeared to imply that Crisp deliberately destroyed the documents.
The FTC alleges that Rambus breached antitrust law. The case is expected to continue for weeks yet. Behind the scenes, all sorts of allegations, rumours and counter rumours continue. For example, some suggest that Micron (ticker: MU), which refused to license RMBS technology, has a hand in the FTC case. Some members of the FTC were, apparently, former employees of Micron.
AMD and Nvidia are expected to testify this week. Nvidia has no love for Rambus. µ
* WELL RICHARD, we don't know about that... But sure enough I did meet Richard Crisp in the Grand Hyatt bar in Taipei a few years back, when he took time out to actually meet me and present RMBS' point of view. He's not at RMBS any more. µ
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