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Diablo and SanDisk are prohibited from manufacturing and selling controller chipset used by SanDisk in their ULLtraDIMM SSD
SanDisk is one of a handful of companies affected by a breach of contract lawsuit in California, which has seen a sales halt placed on their solid state drives (SSD) for server platforms.
Both SanDisk and IBM incorporate products derived from Canadian company, Diablo Technology. While Lenovo, Huawei and Supermicro are also looking to offer ULLtraDIMMs in certain server platforms, and may be affected.
The Federal Court ordered a preliminary injunction against Diablo and its controller chips on behalf of Netlist Inc.
It's understood that Diablo deliberately took advantage of 'technology secrets' through a supply agreement they have with Netlist to gain a business advantage.
Under the Court's order, Diablo and SanDisk are prohibited from manufacturing and selling the controller chipset used by SanDisk in their ULLtraDIMM SSD. They are also prohibited from further sale or distribution of the ULLtraDIMM itself.
A trial has been set for March 9, 2015.
SanDisk hoped to be able to sell existing inventory of the enjoined products, however, Judge Gonzalez Rogers rejected the company's motion for reconsideration.
The Court found that the injunction properly barred SanDisk from selling these products after a careful review of the long contractual partnership between Diablo and SanDisk with respect to the ULLtraDIMM module.