Feeds

Brussels accuses chip makers of collusion

Smart card silicon market under investigation

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A five-year investigation in Europe into collusion into the smart card market is heating up, with the European Commission issuing a 90-page “statement of objections” to big-name vendors including Philips and Infineon.

The European Commission complaint centres around the silicon used for SIMs, chipped passports, bank cards and other “smart card” devices. While the EC didn't name the companies involved, Reuters reports that Philips and Infineon have acknowledged receiving letters from the Commission.

The agency raided a number of companies in 2008 on the basis that it believed vendors in the market were allocating customers, exchanging commercially sensitive information and fixing prices. The accusations date back to 2003/2004. Since then, according to Reuters, talks with the companies to settle the case have broken down, leading to the charge.

Bloomberg also names STMicroelectronics, Atmel, NXP Microelectronics, Renesas and Samsung as being involved in the probe.

STMicroelectronics and Atmel were raided in 2008, but say they have yet to receive the Commission's “statement of objections”. NXP was spun off out of Philips and is Europe's largest chip maker, but the commission says it will not be issuing a statement of objections against that entity.

If the EC's accusations are proven, companies involved could be fined as much as 10 per cent of their global revenue. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.