AMD v. Intel

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AMD v. Intel was an antitrust lawsuit, filed by Advanced Micro Devices ("AMD") against Intel Corporation in June 2005.

History[edit]

AMD launched the lawsuit against its rival Intel, the world's leading microprocessor manufacturer. AMD has claimed that Intel engaged in unfair competition by offering rebates to Japanese PC manufacturers who agreed to eliminate or limit purchases of microprocessors made by AMD or a smaller manufacturer, Transmeta.[1]

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware in June 2005. The court date, originally scheduled for April 2009, was pushed back to February 2010. One delay was due to the Korea Fair Trade Commission issuing Intel a fine of US$25.4 million. Some of the manufacturers involved in the case were Dell, HP, Gateway, Acer, Fujitsu, Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi.[2][3]

In February 2009 it was reported that Intel had spent at least US$116 million to date on legal representation on the antitrust suit. This was inferred from a US$50 million lawsuit filed by Intel against one of its insurers; the lawsuit disclosed that Intel had already exhausted US$66 million in coverage from two other insurers while fighting the antitrust lawsuit.[4]

This is not the first time AMD has accused Intel Corp. of abusing their power as the leading manufacturer for x86 processors. In 1991, AMD filed an antitrust lawsuit against Intel claiming that they were trying to secure and maintain a monopoly,[citation needed] and one year later, a court ruled against Intel, awarding AMD US$10 million "plus a royalty-free license to any Intel patents used in AMD's own 386-style processor".[5]

Agreement[edit]

In November 2009, Intel agreed to pay AMD $1.25 billion as part of a deal to settle all outstanding legal disputes between the two companies.[6][7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Singer; Dawn Kawamoto ."AMD files antitrust suit against Intel", CNET.com,. Retrieved on 2008-06-25.
  2. ^ Ann Steffora Mutschler. "Intel, AMD antitrust trial pushed back", Electronic News, June 6, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-06-25.
  3. ^ Arik Hesseldahl. "AMD Files Antitrust Suit Against Intel", Forbes, June 28, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-06-25.
  4. ^ "Intel Sues an Insurer Over Litigation Costs", Clark, Don.The Wall Street Journal, Monday, February 2, 2009, page B7.
  5. ^ Michael Singer. "Intel and AMD: A long history in court", CNET.com, June 28, 2005. Retrieved on 2008-06-25.
  6. ^ US chip maker Intel has agreed to pay rival AMD $1.25bn as part of a deal to settle all outstanding legal disputes between the two companies. "[1]"
  7. ^ Juliana Gruenwald. "Intel Settles Lawsuit With AMD", NationalJournal.com, Tech Daily Dose, Thursday, November 12, 2009.