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Intel and AMD settle all legal complaints

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Nov 2009 14:16 User comments (7)

Intel and AMD settle all legal complaints Long time chip-making rivals AMD and Intel have settled all legal complaints today, with the larger Intel agreeing to pay AMD $1.25 billion USD and setting down new rules to adhere by.
Additionally, both sides agreed on a renewed five-year cross-license agreement. AMD says they are beyond satisfied with the agreement as it will allow the chip makers to compete "on a level playing field."

Intel has been under increased scrutiny in the EU and US for anti-competitive practice but AMD says the new deal relieves most of those complaints.

"The agreement, to a great extent, resolves outstanding disputes between AMD and Intel under the antitrust laws," adds AMD counsel Tom McCoy.

Intel currently controls about 75-80 percent of the entire chip market while AMD controls the rest.

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7 user comments

112.11.2009 19:39

Yay AMD :)

212.11.2009 21:24

Yup, competition is always good for the consumer.

312.11.2009 22:43

Glad to see this is settled finally. I hope intel will compete fairly from now on instead of using its muscle and resorting to bribery and pushy tactics to influence OEMs to not use AMD's full line of processors. They both make good processors and while Intel is currently the best at the top (for a price) AMD's processors offer great value for the performance dollar. AMD had a good run for a while when Intel was focusing on the failure of the pentium 4 processor. While they sold well the processor was crap. I hope AMD uses this money and comes back with some Awesome processors again. They have been doing great things with their ATI cards and my next machine will be and AMD again as I have been AMD since the K5 line and see no reason to switch and pay all that money for a core i7 and more money for a good motherboard to go with it.

412.11.2009 23:03

Anyone else remember when intel threatened to stop supplying chipsets to any company that made a Slot-A mainboard? So asus made one and denied that it existed! Times have changed, but not that much. It is still intel, and I am already thinking this is a scam to try to steal some of ATI's thunder.

512.11.2009 23:20

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Anyone else remember when intel threatened to stop supplying chipsets to any company that made a Slot-A mainboard? So asus made one and denied that it existed! Times have changed, but not that much. It is still intel, and I am already thinking this is a scam to try to steal some of ATI's thunder.
Yep I do remember that. Many years ago when I worked as a retail bench tech back when the K5 throught the K6x processors and at the start of the orginal athlon I remember Intel reps walking into Best Buy like they owned the place and demanding that the AMD Machines be put in the back shelves and no AMD logos to be visible on price tags or advertisements. They even made management makes us arrange our top stock so that any AMD based computer box didn't have any box logos showing and remove or cover up the info stickers on the display units that had any sign of AMD. They were very threatened then and still are today.

613.11.2009 4:45

Yeah...in a way I miss those days...a person in the know could build a more powerfull system for less money...these days, you can generaly get close to top-end performance just by throwing money at it.

713.11.2009 13:16

The days of not so long ago. Man do I miss the days of building a top of the line machine for way less than what a off the shelf system costed. Killerbug is right now days you can build anything by throwing money at it. Not like tha days when you needed some knowledge to build a system. Now anyone can put one together nearly.

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