COURT PAPERS CONFIRM: FUJITSU SUSPECTED 4.9 MILLION DEFECTIVE DRIVES 18 MONTHS AGO
Failure rate "exceeds all reasonable industry standards".
By Keith Warburton at the PC Association
The papers lodged with the court in California, in the $50 million action between Cirrus Logic and Fujitsu (of Japan), confirm what observers had already guessed, that – contrary to the blasÃ© denials of any notable problems - there is indeed an officially acknowledged problem with the MPG3xxx series of drives. And Fujitsu knew the massive scale and scope of the problem at least 18 months ago.
Cirrus Logic's case against Fujitsu for breach of contract was filed on 19th October 2001 – over a year ago, as was Fujitsu's counterclaim for breach of contract & breach of warranty.
Fujitsu's documents make it clear that it knew Cirrus Logic had supplied defective chips as long ago as July 2001, saying that it started to receive complaints about failures from May 2001. It promptly informed Cirrus Logic and requested information regarding the nature and extent of the problem and proposed remedies, but says that this information was not forthcoming.
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News source: The Reg