Talks between Apple and Samsung Electronics to jointly produce NAND
flash memory chips have broken down in the preliminary stages. The BBC
reports that the $3.8 billion deal fell through after reports of an
inquiry into the terms under which Samsung supplies NAND chips for
Apple’s iPod Nano. With the indictment of price-fixing on a massive
scale where Samsung agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $300
million, nobody would comment on the reason that talks didn’t develop. Read more.
By Paul L. Kerstein