Thursday, July 10, 2008

Producer of Computer Chips Takes University to Court

NXP, a producer of computer chips, is suing the Radboud University in Nijmegen, which will soon publish a report on the shortcomings of one of NXP’s chips in the public transportation “smart card”. Various experts say that there is no precedent of companies having tried to prevent, through the courts, independent scientific publications, i.e. not funded by the companies. Prof. Andrew Tanenbaum, a teacher of informatics at the Amsterdam Free University, says: “If the authorities spend 1.5 billion Euro for a chip-based transport ticket system which doesn’t function, scientists should be able to write about it.”

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